Rhus typhina bark problems


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Hello,
I have a rhus typhine in my garden. The tree is known for spreading easily due to it's roots, but I have placed a root barrier.
The problem is that the bark is opening on the main branches. Does anyone know if this is a disease, or is this tree just on it's end of life?

Thank you,
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I have always found that Rhus needs space, it also dies off fairly quickly, and maybe the fact that it sends up so many new runners is it`s own built in way of protecting itself. I think that if it is confined and unable to replenish itself it may well be the end of your Rhus, and if the bark doesn`t meet up on the trunk at all it will be on the way out. If you have enough space maybe you could remove the root suppressing material - good luck.
 

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