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Deer Destroyed New Lapin Cherry. Help!

11 years ago

As you can see from the photo, I planted a new Lapin Cherry this spring and the deer just got it last night. It was really taking off, partly due to the deer earlier in the year. It was growing ok and leafing out, but then in late June a deer came through and bit the end off the top branch. Within three weeks that branch had split off into three branches and the entire tree just took off.

But now we are approaching winter and last night they munched off all the leaves. I don't know whether I should feed and water it and try to get it to leaf out again before winter, or just leave it alone.

I know that most pruning books say to prune cherry trees in the summer, but we are officially a month past summer now and I'm afraid it is too late to try anything this year.


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