Damaged Ornamental Cherry Tree and Suckers
I have a “medium” size tree of the Ornamental Cherry variety. It is about 2 foot at the base and maybe 20 foot tall.
The tree has had some animal damage from before I bought the property and it is seriously rotten out at the base from bark removal. There are very health suckers growing from near the original trunk. Can I carefully cut the trunk away leaving the stump at around ground level and let the sucker form into a new tree or will the old stump compromise the new trees stability and vigor? I assume growing from a sucker will allow the tree to regrow faster based on the extensive old root system.
the tree is a nice tree and we like it there but also would not be heart broken if i we had to get another tree.
if needed i can send pictures of the tree trunk damage and single sucker i saved from this years growth.