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Photos in Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FE1QWbVyXBJWfrb40XDIwqp_07JXX50w

It grew leaves in previous years, but no leaves this year. There are some small branches with new green leaves, but those small branches are at the bottom, very near ground, only around 5 inches off the ground. I just took those branches out, forgot to take photos before taking them out. The green leaves laying on the ground are those small branches.

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Take a branch and bend it 90 degrees. If it breaks, it is possibly dead. Lower limbs will, or can replace upper ones that have died.
 

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Take a branch and bend it 90 degrees. If it breaks, it is possibly dead. Lower limbs will, or can replace upper ones that have died.
I tried to bend some branches (upper and lower) slightly more than 90 degrees, none of them breaks. It had leaves last year, planted from little small tree, growing taller every year. Don't remember the height at the end of 2019.

Which month will it grow leave? It is the end of April (DC). I guess I have it for only 2 or 3 years, did not pay attention. But most other trees grow new leaves now.
 

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Ayuh,..... Are there buds on the branches,..??
No, I took a very close look at it, it looks almost same as during winter season. But it did come out some small new branches with new green leaves, way at the bottom, around 5 inches off ground, I took out all of them.
 

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@VAer, did you try the fingernail test? Scratch the bark; if it's green underneath, it's still alive. If the end of a branch has died, repeat the test further down. Sometimes plants seem to rise from the dead.

That said, things don't look promising based on your pictures, but I'm happy to eat crow.
 

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Often a sick tree shoots out suckers near its base in a last effort to stay alive. It could be what is happening with yours.
 

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@VAer, @Old Thomas has a point.

Is your tree grafted? If the grafted portion has died, but the rootstock lives you won't get your desired cherries.

It's easy to tell: look for the "bud union" on the trunk; in plants up north, it's often below the soil level. It will be an obvious bulge, sometimes with an equally obvious change in bark texture, coloration or both.
 
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