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Apr 15, 2017 1:20 PM CST
|I had this beauitful mature shade tree in my backyard. I believe it was last spring a good storm came in and took out our whole tree. Snaped it right in the middle of the trunk. We removed the tree that had fallen over but the a good section of the trunk remains. We've kind of ignored it figuring it was dead and eventually we'll cut it too the ground and figure out a method of removing the stump. But it's not dead! There are 3 saplings growing out of the side of the trunk.
Can you guys please help me identify this tree and if we should allow it to keep growing as it is.
Thanks in advance for all your help!
Apr 15, 2017 10:05 PM CST
|Your tree is/was a selection of Callery Pear.
While it may have been mature and shapely, this introduced exotic species has proven to be a disastrous devil for North American plant communities. It produces prodigious fruit which are eaten and distributed by birds, and there are no natural controls on its rampant reproduction. This is a significant detriment to plants native to Indiana as well as most of the eastern US.
In my never to be humble opinion, I'm glad that your tree is ready for final removal. There are so many fabulous species you can grow on your property - native or not - that are not pestiferous problems like this Asian pear species has shown itself to be.
I hope you have success with a new tree, and find joy in its establishment and growth.
Apr 19, 2017 10:02 AM CST
|I agree with VV.
Also, if you let it grow a new tree from a sapling growing from the trunk, the new tree will always have a weak spot where it has the joint there. One of the problems with Callery Pears is how weak and prone to breakage they are (you found that out in the storm). A new crooked tree would be much weaker. So this tree really does have to go. Many towns planted a lot of them in the past, now are finding out they are a real problem tree.
It looks like a lovely spot, have fun picking out a replacement!
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