Plum tree death
Hello fruit tree experts,
I've got a four year old Jubilee plum on St Julian A. It grew brilliantly last year despite of or because of all the rain, however I've had my high hopes for splendour this year dashed by the gradual branch by branch die off. At first it was just the twigy, little branches in the middle but this morning I noticed one of the bigger top branches looking sad. On inspecting the cambium layer it seems the tree is dead all the way to the ground but it's just taking time to become apparent towards the tree's extremities. There are no other sign of pests nor disease. Does anyone have any ideas what could have happend and if it would be feasible to replace it with another Jubilee. To be honest I have fallen in love with it and wouldn't care if I never got fruit it was such a beautiful tree.