Trees and Shrubs forum: Newly planted Chinese Pistache damaged by deer

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SlowBykr
Nov 20, 2017 5:13 PM CST
Well, it's pretty much what the subject line says. My recently planted Chinese Pistache lost about a two foot tall section of bark, about 50% around the trunk, due to a particularly nasty deer. Should I go ahead and replace it? The tree is an important part of my landscaping in front of the house. I can't seem to find any information about the survival rates for this sort of damage.

What do you think?
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porkpal
Nov 20, 2017 6:00 PM CST
I think it will survive if you can protect it from further damage.
Porkpal
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jan 7, 2018 9:02 AM CST
a 2ft section, 50 % is quite a bit of damage, I would replace it if it were mine. You may waste 2 or 3 years on it and it may never flourish.
I covered my trunks with sewer drain pipe to keep the deer off of them.

vurbil
Jan 8, 2018 1:43 PM CST
If you are determined to save the tree, maybe perform a bridge graft using a scion from the same tree. If the tree is young, the graft may eventually become unnoticeable. I'm not sure on that though.

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