Rabbit ate my Cherry Tree. :(

party_music50April 4, 2013

Hello all -- first time finding this forum. I was just out surveying the yard after some snow melt and found my cherry tree all chomped up. I planted it in 2010 and obviously made a mistake when I removed all the caging this autumn. :( Every branch that's about 1/2" diameter or less has been cut off at a sharp angle, so I assume the rabbits did it when the snow was deep. It didn't leave me much tree.... basically the main stem, two branches off of it (forked), and maybe another piece or two here and there. What's left is only about 3 feet tall.

Is the tree useless at this point?

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franktank232(z5 WI)

Nope...as long as it left buds above the graft line (if you can see it), you're fine...it will grow back. You basically just pruned it. You'll not see many (or any) fruits this year, but you'd be ok. It might look ugly now, but if you shape it as it grows (it will grow a lot), you can have a good looking tree again.

I chop trees back to just small 3 ft stubs all the time (did a bunch of peaches this year), and just left a few buds that i had placed... it just lets more energy go to those buds.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 8:49PM
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oh, wow, that's great news franktank. Thanks so much!

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 9:43PM
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