FAQ - Answer
First, you need to consider what factors are causing the old tree to “show its age.” Is it surrounded by asphalt, subject to intense heat and poor oxygen soil circulation? If the old tree grew in a “natural” setting, then it’s possible it could survive for many more years but would continue to decline. Urban trees pose liability problems when they begin to decline. It’s possible that any “new” tree will not be growing under optimum conditions and may last only ½ as long as the old tree before it starts to “show its age”.