Can a Dead Looking Tree Come Back to Life?
Half way through last summer all the leaves on my 5 year old apricot tree dried up. It was a very dry, hot summer, and I thought perhaps it didnt get enough water, but that maybe with more attentive watering it could be revived. The leaves did not return last summer, but I was hopeful that in the spring it might come back. Unfortunately, as of today there is still no sign of life, and on closer inspection, I discovered the bark at the base of the trunk is gone, perhaps chewed off by a small critter. I went to the nursery where I bought the tree and they told me if the bark is missing, the tree is definitely dead and there is no hope for revival. I dont want to pull the tree out if there is any chance that it might come back. I have seen on occasion before where trees that looked very dead ended up make a surprise comeback, so I'm wondering if anybody knows anything about this? Do you think there is any chance this tree could show some sign of new life if I let it be, or is it really hopeless at this point? Thanks for any responses!