is crab tree dead?
How would I know of if our crab tree is dead? We moved to our house in 2011 and the tree is already there. A year ago the tree was badly hurt by winter and some of the branches broke, so last year we had to ask someone to cut some of the branches that were broken. Since then it hasn't grown any leaves at all. Everyone in our neighborhood says maybe it's dead already.
This article discusses how to tell if a tree is dying (I would probably follow the article recommendation to contact an arborist):
There are some things you can try on your own, however, to determine tree health. You can conduct a scratch test on the tree. Scrape off or chisel a portion of the bark on the trunk. Look for green, soft wood just beneath the bark layer. If it is not, it could be dead. Also, try breaking off a few small branches or twigs. Do they break easy with brown inside or are they soft/pliable with green wood inside?