Included bark is when two or more parallel branches grow together, imbedding the bark tissue between the branches. in some instances these two branches might appear to be fused together, but in reality the bark tissue will never fuse creating a weak spot in the tree.
|Included Bark on a Young Pear Tree|
|Included Bark in an Old Pear Tree|
If you have parallel branches in your tree, make sure they are removed while they are still young to avoid problems that could occur from included bark.
|Parallel Branches May Seem Harmless Now, But End up Causing More Severe Problems in the Future|
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