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?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
party_music50

oh, wow, that's great news franktank. Thanks so much!

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 9:43PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
apple and cherry tree bark peeling
Is this a concern? Thanks in advance. Dan
Dan Liptak
Growing Anything Under A Black Walnut Tree
Hi Gang.....maybe someone here has a solution or idea,...
Greenhorn2
Questions on American Plum, Chickasaw Plum, & Beach Plum
Hi, I have limited space and will definitely be planting...
njbiology
what are signs that a cleft graft has failed and how soon to know?
Also, when grafting onto rootstock, how high up do...
tlbean2004
Prime-Ark Freedom Chill Hours
For anyone wondering, Prime-Ark Freedom appears to...
Jay Part Shade (Zone 10B, S21, Los Angeles)
Sponsored Products
Shady Tree Pendant
Lightology
Palm Tree Dessert Bowls
Classic Hostess
Faux Magnolias - WHITE
$545.00 | Horchow
Dracaena Real Touch Silk Plant
Overstock.com
Lovi Birch Wood Christmas Tree - Lovi
$100.00 | HORNE
D and W Silks Oxalis Ivy in Metal Ledge Planter - 104012
$32.99 | Hayneedle
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™