We moved into our 70-year-old home a year ago. In the yard is a large silver maple. It has many deep holes where branches were removed. Undoubtedly, there is internal decay. Two tree "experts" examined it. Both said it is hard to tell the extent of the decay and it could outlive us all -- or die tomorrow. For now, the tree is alive and has a full canopy of leaves. Our yard would be so empty without it.
If the tree in the photo had not been damaged by Hurricane Ike, would you choose to leave it alone? Was the damage the deciding factor to remove it? How did you know it was not healthy enough to survive? Not a criticism, jsut a question.
The tree in the photograph was not taken down immediately after the storm. However, another big wind came through about 3 weeks later, and the poor thing just keeled sideways, its roots lifting out of the ground and revealing huge amounts of decay. It was too big to put back upright and the arborist who lives next door said it was on its last legs, er roots, anyway. The entire trunk was hollow, and the cambium was dry and withered, so we said our goodbyes. Sniff.
Thanks for your response. We will hang on to our trees as long there are leave on the branches and the roots stay in the ground! I worry about them both. A maple and an elm, both very large and old. So sorry about your tree. too.