The Q&A Archives: Tree Transplant Shock ?

Question: I planted a Kwanzan Flowering Cherry Tree about a month ago and noticed the leaves on the tree dried out almost down to the stems about 2 weeks after planting it. What is weird is that it started to bud after the leaves dried out and the new leaves are like multiple leaves growing from the buds. I live in Utah where it has been over 100 degrees for almost the whole month. Do you think the tree will live since it started to bud again? I have been watering it often so it doesn't dry out but don't want to water it too much. What should I do if anything? Thanks for your advice as I don't want the tree to die. Pauline

Answer: It is common for newly planted trees and shrubs to go through an adjustment period; losing leaves and just generally looking puny are some of the symptoms of stress. Healthy trees will develop leaves to replace those they lost, which is what your tree has done. Foliage is important to the continued health of the tree. The heat is adding extra stress, but I still think your tree will recover - once the root system is firmly established. The best way to help it cope is simply to leave it alone (no pruning, no feeding). Water it deeply once (or twice) a week, depending upon weather. It should recover and begin to perk up in a few weeks. By next spring it should be well established and ready to grow.

Best wishes with your flowering cherry tree!

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