This Can’t Be Good

This is my beloved mulberry tree. Well, half beloved. When she drops berries all over my yard and stairs for two or three weeks, we’re not the best of friends. But now, I’m very worried. What the hell is this? Have you ever seen a huge branch just start to split like this? Do you think it was struck by lightening? What do you think caused this? Do I have to get the whole branch removed?

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  • In my experience that usually means that the branch can’t hold the weight. Mulberries like doing this, so you could prop it up so it doesn’t split further, or cut it if you don’t have the room for a more horizontal branch. I can’t see the end of that branch, but if there isn’t that much greenery, maybe it is worth removal?

  • saf

    I don’t know about the trees,but you can do a lot with the berries.

  • Call Casey Trees.

  • I have a huge oak tree that was not split like yours but was making me nervous with its naturally divided trunk when the high winds came and took out so many trees in DC. I consulted with an arborist (from The Care of Trees, but there are others too I’m sure) and they attached pins to both trunks, connected by a cable, to keep the trunks swaying together rather than away from each other in high winds. Four years and so far so good. Not sure if it would work with a split tree like yours, but worth a call at least.

  • I’d definitely call an arborist. You don’t want it falling down on something (or someone).

  • ah

    Yes, you need to get the branch removed (or the city does if it’s a city tree). It could come crashing down at any point. It will get water in there and rot anyway, so the branch is a goner.

  • Mulberry trees are invasive weeds. They grow way too fast and spread like a disease. While choking off light to the rest of garden.

    I’d get rid of it.

  • Get someone to look at that. You don’t want that crashing down on you or your house.

  • You should start a betting pool to see when it comes crashing down. You could put some of the money towards paying off a lawsuit or new fencing. I got $2 on this afternoon.

  • Speaking of dangerous trees, there was a big tree that fell onto somebodys convertible in Dupont on tuesday, right in front of the Subway. There was a lightning storm at the time, but I’m not sure if thats why the tree exploded.

  • can I have the firewood? 🙂

  • Mulberry are notoriously weak trees. I can see a large branch has already been removed off the side of the one in questions.

    Cut that baby way back and start over.

    No need for an aborist you just need a chain saw… ah at 9:30 is correct. That branch at least is a goner.

  • We got rid of our awful mulberry just over a year ago — the best thing we’ve done in the yard — you might consdier it. (Had I known I would have let TaylorStreetMan have the wood.) Now if only the neighbor would get rid of hers too, because we’re still getting some of her berries.
    And Saf, after seeing all the berries fall, get smooshed on the walk and in your shoes, smell like rotten turpentine, attract swarms of all sorts of flying bugs – I don’t think I’d have it in me to eat them anymore.

  • Mulberry trees do this kind of stuff. BTW, this is almost certainly a white mulberry tree which is a native of Asia and is invasive.
    There is a native red mulberry that is comparatively rare. The white mulberry displaces native species and may be a condiut for plant diseases.

    That said, these invasive trees do have some ecological benefits. Birds and other critters eat its berries. I once saw a turtle, a couple fish and a duck all hanging out in the same area of the canal. I couldn’t figure out what they were doing until a berry dropped from the overhanging mulberry tree and the turtle gulped down the prize.

  • I have a huge white mulberry tree in my back garden. It used to be much bigger, but during the first of the two big snow storms in Februaray the top came crashing down. I’ve since had the tree trimmed back significantly. I would suggest doing a trim too if you want to save the tree. They are non-native trees, but the birds, squirrels, raccoons, possoms and my dogs love the berries. A flock of cedar wax wings hangs out in my tree for a couple days every May when the berries are ripe.

  • TaylorStreet Man-We just had a tree taken out and would love to give you the firewood. You can reach me at stepsusieq at verizon if you’re interested

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