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Jun 5, 2020 2:52 PM CST
Richmond, VA
It's in my backyard, leaning slightly toward my neighbor in the back. Thank you very much.

Is this tree hollow? Shall I cut it down? Here are some photos and videos, and the latter were taken with the camera pointing upwards.

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Jun 5, 2020 3:06 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Welcome!

Why do you think the tree is hollow? The hole seems to be under the tree, not in the tree. Holes under trees, as long as they are still well rooted are not a problem.
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Jun 5, 2020 3:19 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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I agree. No proof it is hollow, no reason to cut it down. However, it is not an evergreen so I am left to wonder how the cones got there? Could there be a squirrel for example living just inside and it is hoarding those cones?
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Jun 5, 2020 4:39 PM CST
Name: Steve
Port Orchard, WA (Zone 8b)
NOT A LAWYER. Standard law, as I understand it, is that if a live tree goes down in a storm and lands on your neighbors house, his/her insurance company is responsible. If the tree is dead, or there is negligence on your part that contributed to the tree causing damage to your neighbors house, your insurance can be held responsible (possibly you depending on circumstances). In past 5 yrs, had 2 100 foot trees die. They were locate within county required natural area on my property and 40-50 feet from neighbors house. I hired another neighbor to take down my dead trees, he had cut down over 15 live trees on his property (about 1/2 his total trees on about 1/3 of an acre). Question: Is it worth having the possibility of liability if the tree goes down and causes damage to someone?
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Jun 5, 2020 5:10 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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My Girlfriend owns a pecan farm. She had a whole nest(?) of foxes living in a hole under a pecan tree in her orchard.

Here's a photo I took last fall at Crystal mine. Those are Jeffrey Pines. The first pic is the roots and the second, some healthy looking foliage and pine cones from the same tree.
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Adult trees don't have tap roots so, living under one is the perfect home.
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Jun 5, 2020 5:29 PM CST
central ohio (Zone 5b)
I agree with Daisy. I don't see any indications that the tree is hollow or needs removed, though it would probably be a good idea to encourage whatever is living under it to move out.
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Jun 5, 2020 7:30 PM CST
Richmond, VA
It the turns out the "squirrel" was my daughter...

Thank you very much guys.
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Jun 5, 2020 7:34 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Rolling on the floor laughing That was my first thought. My kids collected pine cones one time and 'seeded' all our pine trees to encourage them to grow their own. Squirrels only collect the nuts, not the entire cone.

PS: Any animal living under the tree will not harm the tree (unless its a beaver).
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Jun 5, 2020 7:53 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Have a qualified arborist look at it.
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Jun 5, 2020 8:02 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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DaisyI said: Rolling on the floor laughing That was my first thought. My kids collected pine cones one time and 'seeded' all our pine trees to encourage them to grow their own. Squirrels only collect the nuts, not the entire cone.

PS: Any animal living under the tree will not harm the tree (unless its a beaver).


We have ground hogs here (not beavers) and they will seriously damage trees, building foundations ect if you let them take up long term residence. I suppose different areas of the country may have their own critters to take notice of.
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Jun 6, 2020 7:16 AM CST
central ohio (Zone 5b)
Well. You certainty don't want your daughter living under a tree!

I wouldn't expect something living under a tree to kill it directly, but animal bedding seems like it might be more likely to invite rot or insect pests than good old dirt?
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Jun 6, 2020 9:30 AM CST
Richmond, VA
I also took some videos inside the hole, but I am unable to post them as links. Will do in a few days. Thank you.
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Jun 6, 2020 10:44 AM CST
Southwest U.S. (Zone 7a)
We get packrats collecting all sorts of things. Pinecones, shiny rocks, scraps of foil, even found a pair of utility scissors and some single edge razor blades one time.
Dad was sort of the same, except for the pinecones. Still miss him.
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Jun 7, 2020 3:39 PM CST
Richmond, VA
svmpmk said:I also took some videos inside the hole, but I am unable to post them as links. Will do in a few days. Thank you.


Here are the videos. Would you mind taking a look? Both use https protocol, thus need https:// as prefix.

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