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What/who Killed my (Wild Cherry) Tree?

10 years ago

I just chopped another dead tree down. It is about 10" diameter at the base. I think this is a wild cherry tree, but I'm not 100% sure.

When I cut it down, I saw eggs and some insects in the core of the dead tree. I assume they are termites. At the base of the tree, I found 2 large tunnels. I've seen the small moving brown colored animals. I asume he/they are ground hogs.

So I just wonder who killed the tree? Ground hogs, termites or other factors?

This tree is in the middle of the wind breaker between two open fields/properties. There are various wild life, such as deers, fox, birds, bugs (beetles?). Some other wild cherry trees grow happily.

Over the past few years, I've cut down like 6 such trees (may not be the same type). I just do not want to lose any more mature trees. But if they have reached the end of their lives, then there is not much I can do to save them.

I have started to plant some other seedligns in their places. I hope the new ones would grow better.

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