Co-dominant tree branches and trunks are dangerous

Q: I have a couple of large oak branches overhanging the house that I’d like to have removed. My concern is that they both join the tree trunk at the same spot.

A: I remember overhearing my friends Shannon Pable and Theresa Schrum as they studied for their arboriculture certification. They moaned about the hazards of co-dominant trunks and branches and what to do about them.

You have both in the two trees I see.

Someone usually has to climb in the tree and study the attachment points. You need to hire a consulting arborist to take a look. The Georgia Arborist Association,, has several members who do only consulting work on tree health and hazards.

Hire someone to advise you.

co-dominant branches

tree on left has co-dominant trunks

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