The Q&A Archives: Dogwood Problem

Question: I have a 6' dogwood that the leaves have died on the branches and the branches are still alive. Some leaves have now come out on the trunk of the tree. How should I take care of this tree?

Answer: It sounds as though the roots are still alive, as evidenced by the new growth coming out of the trunk. If the branches are alive, they should sprout new leaves as well. I would rub out the leaves along the trunk and wait for new growth on the branches. If the branches are dead it is still possible for the tree to develop sprouts along the upper portion of the trunk, which will eventually become new branches. In the meantime, try to determine just why the leaves and/or branches died. Winter cold can kill back the branches, as can droughty conditions or chemical sprays. Hope you find out so you can avoid the situation in the future.

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