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Philadelphia, PA
botanics
May 15, 2020 4:26 PM CST
Hello there,

We moved into this house that the elderly woman was not able to maintain the front, side, and backyards so, they became a jungle. My brother wants to cut down a weeping cherry that the trunk, according to him has been attacked by termites who knows how long ago. I don't want that bec the tree is alive still and has bloomed these years; you can see by the attached pics.

Could you tell me what we can do to help it or not and if it is termites that have attacked it. Preciate your answer.

Thank you,
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BigBill
May 15, 2020 4:41 PM CST
I agree, the tree is losing its strongest wood to a termite problem. Pretty soon, if not now, this tree will become so weak as to blow down in a good wind.
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DaisyI
May 15, 2020 5:27 PM CST
The bark of the tree looks healthy so the tree will continue to thrive but, without the heartwood center, the tree is an accident waiting to happen. The missing center wood is the skeleton that holds the whole tree up. Without it, the tree will come down. Don't stand under it.
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Philadelphia, PA
botanics
May 16, 2020 3:13 PM CST
Thanks for writing me with your responds, BigBill and Daisyl. I guess am going to take out my electric chain saw and let my brother cut down some of the lower branches and hiring some one to cut the rest of the tree. It's a shame we will loose a beautiful tree.
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
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BigBill
May 16, 2020 3:19 PM CST
Welcome
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