Sometimes, the peeling and exfoliation can be made worse by disease, drought, or insect.
Generally, when the bark comes off trees it is because the trees are getting sunburned. The bark on African sumac and jacaranda is thin and can sunburn easily when exposed to full sun especially during the summer months.
When peeling bark on trees is limited to the south or southwest side of the tree and bare wood is exposed, the problem may be sunscald [sic] or frost damage.
Citrus trees that are pruned up exposing the bark to the full sun can easily sunburn and the bark will creak and peel bushlopping.barted Reading Time: 50 secs. Jun 17, Hardwood trees that have peeling bark may be suffering from a fungal disease called Hypoxylon canker.
Peeling bark caused by this disease is accompanied by yellowing and wilting leaves and dying branches. In addition, the wood under the peeling bark is covered with a mat of bushlopping.barg: mesa arizona.
Credit: Kaarina Dillabough.
Many area residents are noticing a strange phenomenon – the bark on ash trees is falling off in pieces, giving the trunk a blond appearance. Often, there are small pieces of bark on the ground at the base of the tree. And sometimes you’ll see woodpeckers feverishly pecking at the tree bushlopping.barg: mesa arizona.