The Q&A Archives: My weeping cherry trees have brown dried up leaves, and a quarter of the leaves have dropped!

Question: I planted three Weeping Cherry trees here in Roseville,CA, in the early Summer. I believe Placer County is a zone 9. They were planted on a South facing slope, full sun. I'm new to the area , and was surprised that the temperatures were just like a broiler! 11 straight days of 100-115 degrees. The rest of the days are in the high 80's-100. Two trees have all brown leaves, with 1/4 of the leaves dropped. One tree has a few new green leaves growing from the tips of three branches.

Should I wait till next spring, to see if the stress has taken it's toll, or have the trees past the point of no return? If I'm better off planting something new this Fall, so that they will be more established by next Summer, please advise. I will cut into the end of the branches to see if there is any life tomorrow. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Thank you,

Mark Louie
Roseville, CA

Answer: Transplanting stress can certainly cause browning, shriveling leaves until the roots become established. Couple that with extreme heat and it's no wonder your new trees are looking puny! New growth on the branch tips is encouraging. It means your trees are strong and trying to make a come back. I'd continue to water them deeply once a week throughout the growing season to help the roots become firmly established in their new homes. I expect you'll see additional new growth the rest of the summer. I think your trees will recover and next spring when they leaf out they should look just fine. Don't give up on them yet!

Best wishes with your landscape!

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