The trunk is 5" to 6" in diameter. The reason that I checked the trunk this morning is that I saw a bird perched there apparently pecking and went out to see if there were ants. I found no similar pits in another carob tree that is older.
|Readers picture of sapsucker damage to carob tree.|
A. We have sapsuckers that come through Las Vegas this time of year and they cause that type of damage. I wrote about this on my blog a couple of years ago.
Trees can live quite a long time with this kind of damage. Birds frequently will come back to this tree in future years. I have had apples with over ten years of damage and still doing okay. Otherwise you have to do something to keep them from getting to the tree.