Can this tree be saved? If so, how?

Asked August 11, 2020, 10:26 PM EDT


I have a many decades old pignut hickory that was damaged by the storm last week, basically breaking it in half, about 20 feet up, by the high winds. I'd like to save what's left of the tree, allowing it to continue to grow if possible. Please let me know your thoughts on the matter. Most tree people are still very busy doing storm damage cleanup and repair. Hopefully, if this tree can be saved, whatever must be done can wait a few weeks. A few pictures of the downed tree top and the tree after the top was removed are attached. Finally, If you know of one, or more, expert arborists who do this kind of work and have their contact information, I would appreciate their information.

Sussex County Delaware

1 Response

Here's a good fact sheet about storm damage and assessing how much damage has been done and if your tree will make it. It's hard to tell from the photos if more than 50% of the canopy has been lost, which would make it much harder for the tree to recover.

A certified/insured arborist often provide a free consult, and you can search by city or zip code here:

Additionally, you can check out landscapers and nursery professionals in DE here: