I planted a few more plum trees in late February. One of my better Santa Rosa Plum trees never budded or sprouted leaves. I scraped the bark and found a green healthy looking layer of tissue. I called the nursery, who told me their stock hadn't grown leaves either. The guy stated the trees were dug at the wrong time, but they would come back.

Question: can I cut the tree down to about a 12" stub and help it regrow?

I did the same trick with a 5" DBH persimmon & Bartlett Pear last year. The persimmon showed no signs of life when trimmed, but is now sending out new limbs and leaves. The pear tree quickly grew new limbs and is now over 5' tall.

Here's a photo of the Santa Rosa Plum:

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