Answer: I think you're right in being concerned about the lack of growth in your newly planted trees. Yes, adverse weather can slow growth. And, transplanting can stress trees to the point where they won't put out new top growth but will concentrate on new root growth. However, if they've been in the ground for two months, they should certainly begin to show some growth by now. It sounds as though the pear trees are okay but the dogwoods are holding out for slightly warmer weather. Since pears spring to life earlier in the season than dogwoods, I'd give the dogwoods another few weeks to wake up from their prolonged dormancy. If they don't show at least some bud swelling by then, you may have to dig them up and return them for healthier specimens. Right now, try scraping the bark with your thumbnail to see if the tissue beneath the bark is green (green means alive; brown means dead). If you find live tissue in the branches, the trees are alive. Scrape several of the branches just to check the overall health. Or, if there's a small branch or two that you can cut off without ruining the overall look of the branching pattern, go ahead and prune a few inches back from the tip. Examine the inside for green tissue. If you find green tissue it's a good sign. I'd wait until mid-July to see if there are any signs of growth. Hope your trees survive!
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