Will my tree be okay?
June 29, 2014 10:40 AM   Subscribe

I planted a Red Maple last week, and just noticed this brown spot on the trunk.

It's about 2.5 inches long, there are a few holes in it, and I can't tell how deep they go. It gives a little when I press on it, and I noticed some ants crawling around it.

The trunk is only 1.5 inches wide. Here's the full tree.

What is it? Is there anything I can do? Thanks!
posted by hypersloth to Home & Garden (3 answers total)
You might find this helpful. Personally, I would contact an arborist.
posted by HuronBob at 10:50 AM on June 29, 2014

Before contacting an arborist, I'd be inclined to talk it over with the nursery you bought it from. Soft and occupied by ants certainly isn't good.
posted by jon1270 at 10:53 AM on June 29, 2014

It looks like a type of canker to me. I'd guess that the ants are maybe looking for the sap that's leaking out.
posted by Solomon at 11:24 AM on June 29, 2014

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