Redwood Burl Removal
I have a redwood tree, approximately 80 years old that
has a burl that has grown about 10 to 12 feet away in the ground. It has
gotten so it is coming up in the lawn. I was wondering if it would hurt
the tree if I cut the burl out
Some information on redwood burls:
Perhaps you could end up with more burls if you removed it.
Anthony Brach Ph.D.
Burls are abnormal growth structures on the trunks of trees, frequent on
redwoods and sometimes on other species. Something growing up out of the
ground away from the tree sounds like the "knees" of bald cypress that grow
up from roots. No one seems to know exactly what function cypress knees
have, and it does not appear to hurt the trees to cut them. I've never heard
of such growths from a redwood.
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Update: June 2012