Trees and Shrubs forum: Transplanted trees lost most foliage, but still alive

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joezapp
Jun 3, 2015 11:33 PM CST
Hi. Some trees that I transplant suffer a near death experience, turning brown and losing all foliage. I don't give up trying to bring them back, though, and I am often rewarded with a tree that comes back to life. The new growth, however, is at the very bottom. Attached are pics of a laurel schipp and a rose of sharon. I'm wondering if I must cut down to the live growth and let the trees start anew, or if with patience the rest will come back? It took 2 1/2 months to obtain this new growth. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Frillylily
Jun 4, 2015 8:23 PM CST
The tops are dead. If you have a tree that was grafted, the new growth could be sprouting from the root stock and that means you will not have the kind that you wanted.

joezapp
Jun 4, 2015 10:48 PM CST
Hi. There was no grafting, but thanks for the reply and the good info. So as far as procedure with the laurel schipp (pics 1 and 2), I suppose I should cut down to the best new growth branch, and bury everything , and leave the remaining branch sticking straight up to start a new tree? I did this with a holly in 2013 and it's growing beautifully...
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ediblelandscapingsc
Jun 9, 2015 7:12 PM CST
classic signs of a stressed plant doing all it can to pump water to the limbs with what roots it still has. prune it hard and don't let the soil get too dry.
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joezapp
Jun 9, 2015 9:18 PM CST
Will do. Thanks so much!

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