The Q&A Archives: Caring for newly planted Chinese Pistache trees

Question: We recently purchased (Aug 1) some of Monrovia's Chinese Pistache trees. We live in the western (mountainous) area of NC. The trees have been well-watered and are in full sun but they are turning yellow and dropping their leaves. Are the trees dying, going dormant, or is this to be expected? What should we do to protect our investment?

Answer: Newly planted trees and shrubs often go through a stressful adjustment period, especially if they have been transplanted in mid-summer. As soon as the roots become established, your trees should perk right up. The best care you can give your new trees now is simply to water them regularly. One deep soaking each week should provide all the moisture they need. If you didn't construct a watering basin or water well when you planted, do so now. Then flood the basin with water, allow to drain and flood a second time. Watering in this manner will concentrate the moisture over the root mass and allow it to trickle down, wetting the entire root system. In a few weeks your trees should perk up. They won't replace the lost leaves this year but next spring should leaf out and look healthy.

Best wishes with your new trees!

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