I planted a couple of anatolian cherry trees last winter but they were ravaged by animals down to 3-6 inches of wood. They were both 4-5 feet tall by the end of summer. Now one seems to be growing a lone skinny branch and 2 leaves recently appeared and the other has grown numerous leaved shoots from the base. Do these sound like they're recoverable? I'm a beginner and don't know what the hell I'm doing really. I'll post a couple pictures later today. Thanks.
"Where there's life there's hope". As long as the original trees weren't grafted, the sprouts from the base should come true. If they were grafted, you might be able to graft the sprouts if you can find a source of the scionwood.....
I would be thinning those stems to one or two - you basically want to keep the strongest, most vertical, leaders to form your new trunk. Given that you know you have critters in the area I'd also invest in a sturdy tree guard - we have used spiral wrap ones to good effect to protect trees from sheep grazing.
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It's suppose to be anatolian white cherry imported from Turkey. I don't have any info on how they were grown...but If they ever produce fruit I'll find out what they really are. This one looks like a bush but used to look like a normal tree...the other one looks like a tree again now.