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

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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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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.

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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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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Jun 9, 2015 9:18 PM CST
Will do. Thanks so much!

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