There are some tree novices that think sunscald and sunburn mean the same, but they don’t.
Sunscald is caused by freezing temperatures preceding or following warm winter day temperature with high levels of sun exposure. The injury tends to happen on the southwest side of a tree with thin bark.
During the spring, as the tree begins to grow in trunk diameter the bark sloughs off and the injury becomes apparent. Wrapping sensitive thin bark trees, regardless of size, is advisable between November and March.
While many trees develop this condition, the Mature Red Oak is no longer considered to be sensitive to sunscald.
If you have any questions about sunscald, the importance of this preventative measure and other tree care related topics, contact Fannin Tree Farms to speak with one of our tree specialists.