Is this an apricot tree, and is it dead?


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Hello,

I was told this small tree pictured below is an apricot tree. Since I moved in, it’s been almost completely bare. I say almost because although the twigs and branches are brown and dead, there are a few sections here and there with green but browning leaves.

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It does look like an Apricot (Prunus armeniaca). It seems the tree is in steep decline, perhaps due to some form of root or crown rot.
For now, prune away all clearly dead wood and see what is left. In Spring, see how much the growth rebounds. That is the time to judge if the tree is worth saving.
 
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With a sharp knife scrape small portions of bark of off what you suspect are dead branches. If there is any life left in the cambium layer it will be a greenish color. When you find a limb that shows no green remove that portion of the limb as it is dead and will not come back. If there is a sizeable amount of green get some SuperThrive and use as directed. SuperThrive really does work wonders. Also, it appears that the tree may be planted too deep. Make sure that the root flare is exposed.
 

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