The Q&A Archives: Dogwood Tree - Drooping Leaves ?

Question: I recently planted a 4' white flowering dogwood tree 4 weeks ago just prior to it blooming. After planting it per its enclosed instructions, I applied some root stimulator for good measure and mulched with pine straw around the drip line but not touching the plant. I also buried a tree and shrub fertilizer stick as well. It bloomed beautifully two weeks later in early April and we were enjoying the blooms and the new green foliage. Now that the blooms are starting to come off and fade, I noticed that some of the leaves appear a little droopy. Is this the result of shock in response to the unusually warm/dry weather we have been having or is because the growth is relatively new ? The leaves are green with no browning or yellow color. I also compared the shape of the leaves to more established dogwood trees in my yard. It has been unusually warm for this time of year in GA and I watered once a week initially until temperatures returned to normal. We recently had a deluge of rain the past two days and there is no apparent damage to the bark. The area it has been planted is the

Answer: Ron,

Some drooping is normal when temperatures turn suddenly warmer, especially with a newly planted tree or shrub. Dogwood hates soggy soil conditions and such can cause root rots and death of the plant. Do whatever you can to insure the soil is moist but well drained. In time your new tree will get a good root system established and be more resilient.

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