Need advice for Stella cherry tree eaten by deer.

steveinjersey(7)June 30, 2012

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.


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I'd get a new tree and start over, because a 25 ft cherry tree is the real problem.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 10:00AM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

I have Stella. Bad cherry in my opinion. Go get a Lapins or Black Gold... Stella is one of the older cherries and it just compete with some of the newer ones.

Chop it and replace with a new self fertile cherry. Get something on Gisela 5 if you want it to be dwarf.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 10:12AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

That's up to you, Stella is self fertile, seems you got quite a bit of room so this is what you could do, let your leader come off higher which is better for deer, get another tree and plant it close, now you have two trees side by side and you can compare over the years how they do until they have fruits.
Then chop the one down which doesn't perform to your likings.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 11:55AM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

I think it's fairly obvious that you need a deer fence, especially if you plant a new tree. But even if you keep this tree the deer will likely ruin it this fall as they rub their horns. Once it gets big you could keep it unfenced as long as you are OK with a big tree.

You need a circle of fencing about 5ft tall supported by T posts.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 3:01PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

I just make a loop with farm fencing 5 foot tall and weigh it down on the bottom wire with two rocks or wood planks, this way I can easily move it when I have to work in there.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 4:11PM
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Thanks for all the good advice. I think I'll try a new tree and put some fencing around it!
Thanks all.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 7:45AM
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