The Q&A Archives: Trees

Question: We planted a tree about 3 weeks ago, that began to bloom. Starting last week, the leaves on the tree started to wilt but at the top of the tree, it looks as if mew leaves have popped out. Is this normal?

Answer: Based on your description it does not sound normal. Sometimes leaves wilt because a tree is over watered. The soil should be kept damp like a wrung out sponge, not sopping wet or saturated and not dried out. If you have been overwatering, it could cause wilting in the pattern you described. If there was a frost, it might have damaged the older leaves -- before the new ones appeared. If the tree was transported in an open truck, that might have damaged the older leaves, too. It is a good sign that there are new leaves growing. But I would also suggest you trouble shoot with your local county extension to make sure the tree is okay.

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