Need advice for Stella cherry tree eaten by deer.
I have a Stella cherry tree (mature height 25 feet) in my front yard, planted 2 years ago. Until Wednesday it had 3 nice branches. A deer came and broke off the low branch and ate all the leaves on it. So now I have two branches, one at 4 1/2 feet, and one at 5 feet.
I could bend the top branch up as the new leader and get some new branches from it, which would put most of the first branches over 6 feet from the ground.
Or I could cut the tree off below the low branch and hope to get new growth to get some lower branches. I'm not sure whether the tree would do this, or if I would need to wait until next spring to do this.
Or I could just get a new tree and start over.
Any suggestions would be helpful.