my newly planted cherry trees have had the limbs completely eaten off by...

Asked June 21, 2015, 8:43 PM EDT

my newly planted cherry trees have had the limbs completely eaten off by deer, will they survive?

St. Clair County Missouri forestry landscaping deer damage cherry trees horticulture

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Well, it's hard to know if they will survive or not. The tree may put on new shoots at the nodes, but it does need 25% of it's leaves to photosynthesize (produce food/energy), so without leaves, it may not be able to survive. But, you may notice new buds or shoots in a few weeks, so I would wait it out and see what happens. In the mean time, erect a barrier around your young trees. Use woven wire or chicken wire with steel posts or electric fence posts, or this will continue to happen.