Dang it… I just noticed today, this was just laying on top of my landscape rocks/pebbles, lol.
Rabbits ate the trunk.
I just re-potted it (3gal regular garden pot) and put it in the front-yard last week (it’s lived it’s entire life in the backyard, protected with wire-fence on gates).
Luckily nothing in the backyard was eaten… because I installed chicken-wire-fence on my 2 side-gates that lead to the backyard last year.
Does it still have a chance?
I just remembered… trunk-chops all the way down to a stub is sometimes done for bonsai azalea.
But, I think that’s usually done in spring?
I also just re-potted it 1-2 weeks ago… so it was already still healing from that.
No major root-work… just scratched the surface roots to expose nebari, lightly combed & trimmed the sides and bottom of rootball, and kinda just slip-potted it into same size pot with a little fresh soil. (basically… went from a 3gal plastic nursery pot into a 3gal ceramic pot with very minor rootwork).
Rootball is large (filled entire 3gal pot) and is healthy.
It’s getting quite hot nowadays (SoCal, zone 10b) and it’s pretty much summer now. Does it have a chance?