The Q&A Archives: Reddening Edges on Dogwood Leaves

Question: We planted a kousa Dogwood tree in mid-May. There was a little sun at the time, but not much since. The tree flowered and now the leaves are turning red on the edges. This appears more predominantly on the lower branches. Some branches have lost leaves as well. I was told that it is natural for Dogwood leaves to turn downward, but it looks more exaggerated than when we first planted the tree. Is it possible that the foliage is changing for autumn or are we looking at a watering, shock or more serious issue?

Answer: It's not too unusual for dogwood leaves to take on a reddish cast, especially around the edges. This is generally weather-related, often because of cool nighttime temperatures or a result of hot summer sun. Since your tree is relatively new, it's probably still adjusting to its new home. Continue to water it regularly (one-inch per week), and allow it a little more time to become established.

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