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May 12, 2020 5:00 PM CST

Hello, new to this forum. Hopefully someone can help me. I planted a 6' red maple I purchased locally here in SW Kansas last spring. I did everything right as far as I know. The hole was three times the size it needed to be. Filled up the hole with water and let it soak in for 24 hrs before planting. The tree was thriving during summer and fall months. I made sure it was well water before going dormant for winter. Well a few weeks ago I noticed it just wasn't doing anything. It's definitely dead. I was very upset. Getting ready to cut it down and I noticed green at the base of the trunk. It's growing a branch or something. Can I save this part of the tree? What can I do? Thank you
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May 15, 2020 2:10 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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Use your finger nail and scratch the bark and see if you get green, if you do the tree is alive. However i don't think it you can save it. I would cut the wood trunk down and regrow the new growth into a new tree. Your problem is that your tree was planted too deep and suffocated from lack of oxygen.
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May 16, 2020 8:30 AM CST

Thanks oneeyeluke. Well I checked the fingernail test in a couple spots and it was brown. I went ahead and cut the trunk about an inch above the new growth. What I found was the trunk was green about 8" up from the "knuckle" then turned brown. I honestly don't think I planted it too deep. But I'm no expert by any means. I planted it to where the knuckle was ground level, same as it was in the pot. The hole was three times in "diameter". Anyway I'll see how this new growth does.
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May 19, 2020 12:01 PM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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If the root flair is not visual, then the tree was planted too deep. Here is a photo of a tree planted correctly with an exposed root flair. If you look closely you can see the tree bark going into the ground is not the same as root bark.
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Jun 17, 2020 8:50 PM CST

You were right. I did plant it too deep. Thanks for your help.
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