A Two Stemmed Tree with a Cracked Tree Trunk may Split Apart

Problem: This double stemmed red oak has a cracked tree trunk. The result is two very heavy main leaders that are not secured to each other naturally or by roots. 

The two leaders have too much weight and are in danger of breaking apart. Even if one of the leaders breaks, the entire tree is lost, since either side needs the other side for balance. 

Solution: Prune it when it’s very young to remove the competing leader. One leader will become strong and will likely straighten up over time.

If the tree is older, cable the main leaders together, remove excess weight and the over extended branches.

This tree had a cable installed, but the continued growth of the tree over the next 15 years was too much weight for the cable to support and it continued to crack, showing light at ground height between the two massive trunks.

Unfortunately the tree had to be removed. Upon taking it down, significant decay was discovered in the base--which was expected. 

Interior of above tree

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K Thomas Lawson, ISA Certified Arborist® No. MA-0305A
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Check this out!  what can a 24 inch diameter Northern Red Oak in your yard* do this year?

Your tree will:

  • Intercept 7,129 gallons of storm-water runoff

  • Raise the property value by $98 per year
  • Add 509 square feet of Leaf Surface Area
  • Conserve 208 kilowatt/hours of electricity for cooling
  • Reduce air temperatures around and below it
  • Intercept particulates like dust, ash & smoke
  • Absorb pollutants like ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide
  • Reduce atmospheric carbon by 902 pounds.

Wow, let’s take care of those trees

  • Prune to maintain health;
  • Remove before they are too dangerous for you and your property!


*Charlottesville geographic region

This calculation was done at www.treebenefits.com

Red Oak in Charlottesville VA