In this Georgia Straight article, Scott Gardner from Davey's Vancouver shares how to spot a zombie tree and what to do about them.

Posted: November 03, 2023

When a severe storm strikes, immediate visible damage often includes downed power lines and flooding. Yet, what may surprise some is that the full impact of storms can remain concealed within trees for an extended period.a fall colored tree in sunlight

These trees, harboring hidden damage, are occasionally dubbed “zombie trees.” Much like the zombies in horror films, these trees have the potential to inflict substantial harm if not detected early. Fortunately, there are methods to identify the warning signs.

A zombie tree is a tree that appeared undamaged immediately after a storm or drought, but is now beginning to display symptoms of distress. While some of these trees might be salvageable, others could be deteriorating from within and necessitate removal. The deceptive aspect of zombie trees lies in their ability to appear safe in the days immediately following a storm or significant weather event, potentially posing a hidden threat to unaware property owners.

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