Help- What's wrong with the cherry tree we inherited?
Just moved here a year ago, so I have no idea how the cherry tree got like this. No history, so not sure if it's natural or artificial/chemical or disease/pest.
Bark peeling back, dry and brittle and then flaking off
Only produced maybe 20-30 cherries although they turned out decent.
One limb was badly damaged and not producing new shoots so i cut it off (see cut mark in picture).
New branches forming well and they now have little flower buds.
Top half of tree looks great with new growth. Bottom half is mostly trunk which is peeling and looks bad. A little oozing but not much.
Any suggestions on what it might be or how to figure it out?