Cherry Blossom Tree partially uprooted- will it live?


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Hi, I live in western Maryland. I have a 3 yr old Yoshino cherry blossom tree and someone ran into it with their truck a few days ago and it became partially uprooted and disturbed.

The person came back, stood it up and re- dug most of what became uprooted- but I wasn’t there to see how well he did that or if he may have cut any roots digging the hole. I noticed there were a few roots near the top of the ground (3 roots about 6” long each) that were still exposed. I have since added more soil to cover them and watered. I’m getting mulch today.

They’ve offered to replace the tree with an 8ft tree but this is one of three trees bought and planted at the same time in a nice row and I’m hesitant to replace the tree with one that will be smaller or grow at a different rate. I’m hoping the existing one will just continue to be healthy and thrive too.

My question is, with the slight uprooting, and damage to the trunk, will it survive or should I let them replace and just replant the old one somewhere else? Here’s a few pics. Thanks for any advice.
 

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I don't think it was damaged all that much. Mainly what concerns me is that it is planted too deep. The root flare isn't showing and if it isn't the tree will start having problems in the future leading to an early death. I would drench the soil with Super Thrive also.
 
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I don't think it was damaged all that much. Mainly what concerns me is that it is planted too deep. The root flare isn't showing and if it isn't the tree will start having problems in the future leading to an early death. I would drench the soil with Super Thrive also.
Oh wow, I had no idea. I did a little research and it seems like the tree getting knocked over may have done me a favor. It was roots that look like these that I ‘re-covered’ with dirt. That’s the root flare! It looked like a few strands of these like in the pic. I’ll go uncover. Thank you. Oh and get some super thrive too.
 

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There's the damage you can see and the damage you can't see. I would move the tree and take the new one. It won't match exactly, but neither will that one. It will grow slower than the others and may never recover fully. It will be alive but not thrive.
 
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There's the damage you can see and the damage you can't see. I would move the tree and take the new one. It won't match exactly, but neither will that one. It will grow slower than the others and may never recover fully. It will be alive but not thrive.

Thanks for your input!
 

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