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Barelygreen81
May 16, 2020 5:13 PM CST
Hello,

Last year I planted 4 cherokee princess trees around my house. 2 of the trees I planted in an area have purple leaves but the other 2 in different areas look normal with green leaves and are starting to flower.

I recently relocated one of the trees with purple leaves and it seems to have resolved the purple leaves issue for that tree.

I'm guessing this is a soil condition issue but its only 30-40 ft away from one that is totally fine.

Any thoughts on what the problem is and how to fix it?

Thanks!

I attached 2 pictures, one with the tree that has purple leaves and one that is near it but fine.


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Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
May 16, 2020 5:25 PM CST
Eastern Dogwood (Cornus florida var. florida 'Cherokee Chief') has new foliage that is tinged red. Is there a chance one of your little trees was that cultivar, rather than the Eastern Dogwood (Cornus florida var. florida 'Cherokee Princess')
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Barelygreen81
May 16, 2020 5:31 PM CST
Interesting thought, but I don't think it's a chief. I got them all of the same pallets at the store and they were all clearly labeled as princess.
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
May 16, 2020 5:36 PM CST
Shrug! Hopefully someone knowledgeable with Cornus will be able to offer suggestions but over the years I've found many, many plants and trees mislabeled at garden centers, big box stores and even botanical gardens ... it does happen.
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DaisyI
May 16, 2020 5:36 PM CST
Different moisture content, different minerals in the soil, different light... Mine has turned reddish the last few days because the nights have been chillier. 30 or 40 ft. is enough to affect any of these things. The tree looks really healthy, I wouldn't worry about it.
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