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I planted two Morello cherries. After 1 year they fruited well. This second year they looked awesome. Then my neighbour decided that a piece of string instead of electric wire would be enough to hold back his herd of cows...(do you see where I'm  going with this?).
I tree down, the other survived and produced an abundance of fruit. But my rescue dog was trying to tunnel out of our main field to try and get to me while I was planting tomatoes. So, to save the fence, I let her come to me.
She completely stripped the bark from the remaining tree to the height of 2 feet. Now. I will be buying a product that is supposed to heal such wounds, although a hospital may have better success, but fortunately I saved all the stones from this season's  fruit and they are at present in damp compost in the bottom of  my fridge.  I am just hoping they sprout and give trees that have the same amazing flavour as my beautiful morellos.
I know that trees often revert to parents, but does anyone out there have any experience with growing cherries, particularly Morellos, from stones?  Morello cherry crumble.....jam...vodka.....oh my!
 
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Hi Mandy, you may be able to save the tree with a bridge graft, where several small branches from the tree are cut off and grafted onto the top and bottom of the wound, so that nutrients can still pass up and down the trunk.  It wouldn't hurt to try at least.  
 
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Thank you, Galadriel. I will investigate this.
 
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If the bark has been stripped from the trunk, your poor tree is a goner.  Sorry to say that, but trees cannot regenerate cells and heal wounds the way we humans can.  The best they can do is cover them over and build bark around the wounded section.  But if your tree was completely girdled, it's not going to come back.

Is there an upside?  Some lovely cherry wood with which to carve some spoons?  If the problem is the solution, perhaps the standing trunk of that cherry can serve as a fence post to keep the rampaging animals at bay in the future?

 
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Thank you Marco. Yes I know I don't stand much of a chance of saving the tree, but my question was about growing from stones. Any experience e?
 
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