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Look in /var/spool/up2date and see if you don't already have a coreutils rpm there. If you do and it is the same version as reported by "rpm -q coreutils" then you should be able to just reinstall it without causing a problem.
I wouldn't really think updating coreutils to a newer version would cause a problem unless you had a specialty coreutils. For example on our RHEL 3 servers that run Oracle RAC we downloaded a coreutils designed to work with Oracle Cluster Filesystems (OCFS). Even this would only be a problem if we used those coreutils on OCFS itself on a regular basis (cp, mv and other commands) which we don't since the OCFS is used only for the database datafiles.
You know I must be slipping. I just realized you said "tree" is missing. It isn't part of coreutils on RHEL/Fedora. It is a separate package called "tree". Reinstalling coreutils won't put it in for you.