Codominant Tree: What It Means for Your Trees

By: Shelby McCullough| Published: June 20, 2022

The purpose of a tree will always be to grow as much as possible so it can spread. If the tree is in your yard, you have the duty of managing it and occasionally hindering some of its growth. While that may sound cruel, it is best for your yard and those around you.

A codominant tree is a prime example of a tree you may need to manage more intensively than other trees. Whether you want to control it yourself or through tree removal in Orlando by McCullough Tree Service, here is what you need to know about your codominant tree.

What Are Codominant Trees?

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A codominant tree is a tree that spreads out in different paths from the initial stem. The stem will have more than one large section branching out from the initial tree, increasing the tree size and reach. It may seem like two trees are growing out of one stem.

They most often grow in V shapes and U shapes. A U-shaped codominant stem is more stable because the bark is smooth at the joining section and easily separates. However, a V-shape will not have proper bark inclusion, causing the bark to bunch up, which could lead to cracks in the tree’s structure.

The Health of a Codominant Tree

Many healthy trees are codominant and can live very long lives without issues. However, a U-shaped tree will be much healthier and safer than a V-shaped tree, and a tree with one stem tends to be more stable overall.

A codominant tree with a V-shape is more likely to crack and have parts collapse. As a result, they can be very unsafe for backyards with children or pets or near buildings.

Additionally, be careful if the stem extends near your neighbor’s yard or house. Since the tree is in your yard, you are typically responsible for any damage a collapsing tree stem causes.

What Can I Do About a Codominant Tree?

The process for managing a codominant tree depends on the age of the tree. The less mature the tree is, the more you can do on the tree yourself.

However, it may be best to leave managing mature codominant stems to experts with the correct tools. They will also have the knowledge needed to reduce potential damage to the tree.

For younger trees, you can prune off the growing codominant stem and foster the growth of a single one. Pruning will prevent it from becoming a codominant tree and improve its size and structural integrity.

You may need to remove the weaker stem from more mature trees. In other cases, it will need to have supports drilled into it to ensure it will not collapse and cause property damage or create safety hazards.

Generally, you should leave tree pruning and other tree management tasks to an expert. To learn about the purpose of pruning trees and other plant management tips for Orlando, FL, and surrounding areas. Our team of certified arborists is dedicated to maintaining the health and beauty of your trees, ensuring your landscape remains safe and attractive. Trust us to bring top-notch tree care solutions to your doorstep. Call McCullough Tree Service at (407) 734-5854 today!

Shelby McCullough

About The Author: Shelby McCullough

With over two decades of experience in the tree industry, Shelby McCullough is a highly skilled certified arborist and the proprietor of McCullough Tree Service. His unparalleled expertise and profound understanding of trees set him apart in his field.