How's this for a triumph of nature over adversity?
Incredible, isn't it?
The bark has opened up more than half-way around the trunk, and I honestly can't see what is keeping this tree alive, but I assure you that it is still in full leaf today, first week in October.
Cherry trees are not particularly long-lived: 20 to 30 years for ornamental or flowering cherries seems to be about what you can expect.
And, as ornamental cherries go, this one is fairly substantial, so I suppose it might be nearing the end of its lifespan.
Will it survive another winter?
Will it flower again next spring?
I guess we will have to wait and see....