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Q.Cut Down Entire Choke Cherry Tree

Zone 02050 near ocean (.2 of mile from ocean) | Patricia Steed added on August 2, 2022 | Answered

One big thick limb of a choke cherry tree has decayed. It and all attached branches have fallen to the ground. A black, red and white Woodpecker was pecking away in the decaying wood. Should I remove the affected broken area. Or, shall I have the entire tree cut down?

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Answered on August 3, 2022

It is only necessary to remove the branch that is dead, unless you do not want the shrub, anymore.

I assume, since you mention a thick limb, you mean Prunus viginiana and not Arronia. I will include an article for this:


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