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Question: My newly planted dogwood has leaves turning brown and crumbly. I water deeply 1x/week. I did not fertilize at planting. Thanks for your advice.

Answer: A newly planted dogwood tree will naturally go through an adjustment period while the roots are becoming established. Since you've been giving your new tree good care and adequate water, I suspect the browning leaves are simply a reaction to being in a new place in your landscape. While the browning leaves are unattractive, I don't think they indicate failing health. Instead, they are simply showing signs of root stress. This summer and fall the roots should establish themselves in the ground and next spring and summer your new dogwood should be hale and hardy. Just give your new tree a little more time to adjust. Best wishes with your dogwood.

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