Tree Lightning Damage: Years-old scar
The tree pictured below (also in Spring Hill Cemetery) was struck by
lightning possibly years ago. It has a distinctive 4-inch wide scar, along with a single groove, running the length of the trunk. As you can see in the photo, it appears
that the tree has tried to re-grow bark and wood over the scar. This tree
appears healthy, but the scar is infected with fungus (visible in first
photo) and carpenter ants. Much of the wood along the scar has rotted.
It is apparent that the tree
survived the initial lightning strike (unlike the trees in the
previous photos), but it may eventually succumb to the fungus
and parasites that have access to the tree through its injury.
(Click on each photo to enlarge)
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