Prune trees are vigorous and hardy European plums that produces a firm, fleshy fruit perfect for drying. This French varietal is less than ten years old and sustained early borer damage that threatened its survival. Every year I survey the extent of the encroaching decay caused by the initial injury. Removing decay, chiseling protuberances down to sound heartwood, gently abrading the leading edge of the wounded areas to stimulate scarring,  and protecting the damaged area from sun, water and dehydration with a coat of acrylic latex paint.

As its ever increasing girth and advancing scar tissues attempt to encapsulate and isolate damaged tissue, the healthy side of the trunk is compensating for the vascular needs of the tree, and one day can regrow enough to protect the vulnerable interior,

Extending the life of this otherwise healthy and productive tree