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Cambial Necrosis of Sugar Maple Associated with Tree Marking Paint

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Cambial tissue died following application of aerosol tree and log marking paint to the bark of pole-and sawlog-size sugar maples (Acer saccharum Marsh.) in nine northern hardwood stands in Michigan. Cankers and stem swelling from callus formation developed on 76 of 220 sugar maples observed in these stands. The swelling will bias diameter measurements for research and inventory purposes. Cankers reduce log quality and may be infection courts for wood decay fungi.

Toxicity of liquid tree marking paint to cambial tissue has been noted previously: aerosol formulations are more toxic than the liquid form. Foresters working with northern hardwoods should avoid using either form to label study trees or crop trees that are to be left standing for any length of time. These can be labeled with quick-drying enamel, which has shown no abnormal effects.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Professor, Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh

Publication date: 1979-09-01

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