Cherry Tree - Early Richmond - Questions
OK, I have a couple of questions about an old tree that I think is probably on its way out. I can't look for my paperwork on him anymore as my wife came home and needs on the computer, but I think he was planted in either '91 or '95. So he could be like 23 years old.
This past year I took out a large center leader kind of branch to open it up some and get the breeze going better.
This picture is showing the size the tape is at 8 feet, so it's probably 15-17 feet tall.
I noticed this today at about 6' up, little woodpecker looking holes that make almost a perfect circle around that branch.
I kind of assumed if it was a woodpecker that they would only work on dead trees, and got to wondering if it was some kind of bug instead?
And also this is a glob of jell that I assume has to do with some bacterial issue that I hear eventually gets most all old cherry trees, but I can find no place where this is coming from. I almost wondered if it was coming up from some shallow roots.
I did get 21 gallons of awesome cherries off him last year, so he's been a heavy and reliable producer for a lot of years.
Knowing that he's on his last leg I have planted some other stuff and I need to post a question on that next.
So...., woodpecker or bug, and does that glob of jell spell the end is near?