Answer: Newly planted trees and shrubs can go through a stressful adjustment period. The leaves will dry up and fall off as a result of this transplanting stress. There's nothing you need to do except to water it deepy once each week until the roots become established and it perks up. A good way to water is to make a depression in the earth beneath your tree, called a watering basin or watering well. Fill the basin with water, allow it to drain, then fill it a second time. This will concentrate the moisture directly over the root system and allow it to trickle down, wetting the entire root mass. Once a week should provide all the moisture your new tree needs. Once the roots become established, it should look healthy again. It just takes time. Best wishes with your new dogwood tree!
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