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Snow & Ice Damage

Brittle tree species normally take the brunt of heavy icing after a winter storm. Many of the elms, most true poplars, silver maples, birches, willows and hack-berries are tree species that simply can't handle the weight of the ice slurry coating limbs, persistent leaves and needles. Southern yellow pines usually take a beating during major icing events.Brittle trees tend to be fast growers and that produces weak trees.

Fast-growing trees also often develop weak, V-shaped crotches that easily split apart under the added weight of ice. Because these trees usually take some damage from storms throughout the year, internal rot and decay (some of which you cannot readily see) lead to weakened trunks and limbs.

Multiple leader, upright evergreens, such as arborvitae and juniper, and multiple leader or clump trees, such as birch, are most subject to snow and ice damage. Smaller trees need to be wrapped and larger trees with wide-spreading leaders should be cabled. 
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