The Q&A Archives: Satomi Dogwood

Question: We planted a 5' Satomi Dogwood 2 years ago. Last year after planting it bloomed readily and for a long period. This year the blooms were more sparcely located and it bloomed for a briefer period of time.

What we are noticing now, is that the leaves look distressed and we are not sure if the wilted look is normal. Leaves are not dried out and the soil seems to be appropriately moist. Is there a fertilizer we need to use? It is planted in full sun with plenty of room around it. The soil is acidic and covered with bark. The burlapped soil it came with seemed to be quite clay like.

Do you have any suggestions?

Kathy Gingras

Answer: I wish I could diagnose the problem based upon your description, but I'm afraid I can't. However, you have a helpful expert in your neighborhood - the WSU Puyallup Research Center. You can take a sample of the problem into the Plant Problem Clinic and you'll get an immediate diagnosis, along with some helpful advise. Be prepared to give a detailed history of your dogwood, and be sure to take a sample that includes both affected and unaffected parts of your tree. Best wishes with your dogwood!

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