Bleeding canker

Doesn’t sound too serious, does it? I’m fairly sure this is what the chestnut tree is suffering from. These pictures show cracks in the bark, though it’s not clear if they are ‘bleeding’ or weeping. 

   
 
The silvery marks look like a mixture of spider webs and slug or snail trails. The latter could be the result of sugary sap leakage.

So the tree is red because it is dying. But I suppose all red and yellow leaves are that colour because they, if not their trees, are dying.

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