In March 2019, I planted a Cherokee Daybreak dogwood in our yard in Maryland (zone 7) and the tree seemingly did very well for its first year. After winter this year, about half of the leaves never came back and part of the tree seems to be dead while the other half of the tree has new growth and looks perfectly healthy. The tree has also started sprouting new growth near the base of the dead portion. Any advice on what may have caused this and/or what I should do with the dead portion of the tree? Should it be pruned?
Name: Daisy I Reno, Nv (Zone 6b) Not all who wander are lost
That half of the tree is dead because its not getting any moisture or nutrients from the roots. The part of the tree above the missing bark will not recover as the layer just below the bark is the pipeline line between the roots and the canopy and it has been destroyed. The shoots growing below the damaged trunk are trying hard to replace that side of the tree. Cut the dead wood out and let the new shoots grow.
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