The Q&A Archives: Dogwood Tree

Question: I have two dogwoods. One is a white dogwood and is doing fine. The other is a pink dogwood, it isn't fairing as well. We planted them in the spring of this year. The summer has been extremely hotter than normal with very little rain. Although we have watered daily and fed them about once a month all plants haven't thrived as they normally do. The leaves of the pink dogwood are beginning to turn brown and die. It starts from the outer edges and goes into the center of the leaf. At first I was looking for signs of insects, but nothing has been eating on them. Could it be a fungus or just the heat? What should I do I would really hate to loose it.....
Thank you,
Pamela Ervin

Answer: Unfortunately, based on your description I am unable to diagnose the problem for you long distance. It might be heat stress or related to poor rooting, or it might be a disease problem. I would suggest you work with your county extension and/or professionally trained nursery staff (especially if there is a warranty involved) to get a firm diagnosis and then knowing that, determine how to proceed. If it is something that needs a chemical control your county extension will have the most up to date information on what to use and how/when is best to apply it. I am sorry I can't be more specific for you and I hope it is nothing too serious. Good luck with your tree!

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