Lightening and Tree Survival
Name: Cynthia H.
I have a 75 foot bald cypress tree that appears to have
been struck by lightening last week. The only visable sign of damage is
that the bark on the entire tree has been marked by long lines of scars
where it peeled up some of the bark. What is the chance that the tree
will survive this shock. Surrounding plants became unexplainably
wilted. Is there anything that I can do to help save the tree.
You can probably check with your local agricultural extension service about
it, but I think it should survive. Perhaps there might be a "tar" that
could be applied over some of the wounds to prevent infection and prevent
rot and decay.
Anthony R. Brach, PhD.
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Update: June 2012