Q. Will identification markers harm my trees?


Identifying markers may or may not harm a tree. Since bark is basically a tree's "skin," think what piercing your own skin does. It creates a "wound" that most of the time heals over with no problems, but there is still some small risk.

Here at the Garden, most trees get two labels. A plastic display label is stuck into the ground in front of the tree or screwed into the trunk. A small, rectangular, metal accession label is also screwed into the tree a few feet off the ground (usually on the north side, for consistency).


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- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service

  • Last Updated Apr 02, 2018
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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