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I have two pecan trees and one of them has a problem where the bark is peeling. I can't see anything or see what is causing the problem. I can send pictures I took of the trees.
I am really concerned I may lose the tree. Can you please help?

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It is normal. As the pecan tree grows in size with age, the oldest bark changes from smooth to scally and the scaly outer bark splits and sloughs off over time (leaving more scaly bark underneath). Usually, the pieces that slough off are not large, a few inches long by an inch or so wide and less than a quarter inch thick and are rarely even noticed by people who have had pecan trees for many years and are familiar with the fact that mature pecan tree bark is scaly rather than smooth.  

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