Reply to post by R McKenzie, on December 08, 2001 at 00:21:42:
The question is not how long they can live, but what condition the tree is in now. Once a limb is broken decay begins in the tree. It may have even started much earlier than the first broken limb. Decay spreads slowly in the tree, but continues to weaken it.
With a history of failure, there is undoubtedly a structural problem. I strongly advise that you have the tree inspected by a competent arborist.
The American Society of Consulting Arborists can recommend highly qualified arborists and consultants in your area. Their web site and database is at
or contact the main office at
American Society of Consulting Arborists
15245 Shady Grove Road
Rockville, MD 20850
The International Society of Arboriculture maintains a current list of ISA Certified Arborists. The searchable list can be accessed at the ISA Web site, at:
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