flush cut. will the tree die?

jimmy21May 13, 2014

I bought this house last fall and it had an existing peach tree that had never been pruned. I decided to remove some ridiculously low branches. I heard to "remove them where the originate." So that's what I did. Now I know that I need to leave the collar. Did I five this tree a death sentence?

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Looks to me like you did leave some collar, especially on the bottom-half of the cut. Might heal slower than it should, and maybe not completely, but I don't think that's going to be any big deal.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2014 at 2:03AM
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mjmarco(Zone 6 Upstate NY)

The tree will be fine...but is that poison ivy under the tree looks like 3 leaves and a red stem...?

    Bookmark   May 13, 2014 at 9:03AM
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That looks like wild strawberry to me.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2014 at 9:49AM
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Strawberries, random weeds and some regular ivy. No poison ivy. I know I need to weed the area and put some mulch down but I've got about 1000 projects going on with this new house.

What's the worst that's going to happen with this tree? I feel like the picture makes it look like there is more collar than there is. Is it not as big of a deal because the tree is only a few inches across?

    Bookmark   May 13, 2014 at 2:11PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

All it affects is the time it takes to completely grow over the cut area. It's not serious IMO. We've all made that mistake including me I'm sure. I've never lost a tree to a cut like that.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2014 at 4:03PM
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