The tree is bent from the bottom of the trunk and is now growing bent. See

Trunk Shape Trunk bottom

  • Is there a large tree to the left of the tree (behind it when you're looking at the tree from the road)?
    – Jurp
    Commented Nov 11, 2023 at 17:13
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    There is a break in the bark below the graft that makes me wonder how viable the tree is. Watch out for sucker growth in the spring
    – kevinskio
    Commented Nov 12, 2023 at 1:36
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    @kevinskio Nice catch. Looks like it could be weedwhacker damage. The untrained seasonal help at our local parks kill a tree a year that way. Woodchips around it would prevent the damage, but they refuse to do that.
    – Jurp
    Commented Nov 12, 2023 at 13:13

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It's where it's been grafted. Just leave it alone. Here's some advice about how to properly stake a tree.

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