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Small twig growth on oaks
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:14:50 AM »
I have several small oaks that have twigs growing low on the trunk. I have always thought that this means the tree is dying but before I cut them down (mostly for firewood but some sawlogs too) I want to ask those who know if the tree is soon to die. If you look closely the twigs will show up. I would hate to cut them if they are viable. Thanks.



 
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Re: Small twig growth on oaks
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2019, 09:33:28 AM »
Usually tree has started getting more sunlight on trunk. And for the Doomers :'(I do not think it has anything to do with global warming!
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Re: Small twig growth on oaks
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2019, 09:57:33 AM »
It's called Epicormic branching and yes, usually it's as a result of new or more light getting to the trunk.  
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Re: Small twig growth on oaks
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2019, 12:06:41 PM »
Allrrrright. I'm glad they are not nearing their end because there are too many to lose. (I don't know how I got into italics????)

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Re: Small twig growth on oaks
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2019, 12:09:40 PM »
What type of oak tree is it? 

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Re: Small twig growth on oaks
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2019, 05:40:24 AM »
White oak.
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Re: Small twig growth on oaks
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2019, 07:50:45 AM »
I was told buy a Log buyer a few years ago,what I thought was red oak,was pin oak. Of coarse it paid less then red. 

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Re: Small twig growth on oaks
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2019, 05:19:29 PM »
Yes, epicormic branching which arises from opening a stand up to much to sunlight. They can also be caused by fire. The branches arise from dormant buds. The trees aren't dying, but veneer or log grade quality may be affected.
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Re: Small twig growth on oaks
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2019, 11:28:56 PM »
Epicormic growth can absolutely be a sign of the tree declining, in declining trees it is a last ditch effort to perform photosynthesis. If you recently opened the canopy and itís getting full sun now than yes that will cause it also, look at the rest of the tree (canopy) for other signs of it declining. If it looks healthy when leafed out than itís fine. 
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Re: Small twig growth on oaks
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2019, 06:37:33 AM »
The problem with epicormic branching is that it puts a defect in the underlying lumber.  Sometimes you can saw through it, sometimes you don't.  In hardwoods, it can be a defect.  And that effects the value of the wood.  I've seen epicormic branching come from cutting a stand too hard and from insect defoliation.

White oak is also prone to what is called a cat face.  Its a bud cluster under the bark.  Same thing as epicormic buds, but it usually kicks white oak out from being veneer quality.  Sometimes these will have a tiny branch or a cluster of leaves break out.  
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Re: Small twig growth on oaks
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2019, 11:07:29 AM »
Bur oak typically have a lot of those, in my area.
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Re: Small twig growth on oaks
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2022, 06:53:46 PM »
It's called Epicormic branching and yes, usually it's as a result of new or more light getting to the trunk.  
How about black walnut ? Just getting sunlight or problems? This wild child leaner has all dead branches up high but the main one seems good. Maybe the other ones weíre getting blocked a little and there was some trunk growth. I thought about cutting it down thinking it was dying but after looking at the top last night and reading here maybe but I guess all the little suckers are not good. Iíll get a picture of the top

 

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Re: Small twig growth on oaks
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2022, 06:43:10 PM »
The oaks and other trees that are along the sides of a newly cleared pasture (4 yrs) all have many new branches sprouting from the trunk.  Trees 50 feet back into the forest do not.  Amazing how the thick barked trunk getting direct sunlight is pushing them out. 
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