Answer: Trees and shrubs can go through an extended adjustment period when they are planted in the summertime. While the roots are becoming established they can look distressed but they usually rebound when the weather cools. As long as you're providing water on a regular basis, the tree should adjust. Dogwoods prefer to grow in protected places, in moist but well draining soils. They will tolerate morning sunshine but do best with afternoon shade. Keep your dogwood watered - once or twice a week, depending upon weather. I build a watering well or watering basin beneath my trees and shrubs, fill the basin with water, allow to drain and then fill a second time. This concentrates the water directly over the root system and allows it to trickle down, wetting the entire rootmass. Do this once or twice a week to ensure your dogwood is getting adequate water.
Best wishes with your tree!
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