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Lenox, MA
elielehmann9
May 25, 2020 4:09 PM CST
Hi All,

I recently planted a dogwood tree in Berkshire County, MA. I planted it 4 days ago and I've noticed spotting on the bottom leaves (see pictures attached). Is this anthracnose? Is it possible that the tree is already infected only after being planted 4 days ago? There was no spotting on the leaves when I bought it from a nursery a few days ago.

Is there a way to treat this? Or should I try and return the tree (one year warranty).

Thanks!

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Lenox, MA
elielehmann9
May 25, 2020 4:11 PM CST
I forgot to mention this is a Cornus Florida Dogwood.
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BigBill
May 25, 2020 4:13 PM CST
Transplant shock probably.
You lose a few leaves here and there. Keep it properly watered and follow their instructions.
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Lenox, MA
elielehmann9
May 25, 2020 5:20 PM CST
But would transplant shock result in that leaf spotting? As opposed to the leaves just dropping or wilting out.
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BigBill
May 25, 2020 6:20 PM CST
I don't consider that spotting. I think of it as discoloration from not enough water. The leaf tissue collapses a bit.
But with athranose, I always thought that that was like dime or nickel sized brown patches on leaves.
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DaisyI
May 25, 2020 6:30 PM CST
It could be Spot Anthracnose, caused by wet, humid weather. It is cosmetic and won't harm the tree. Not to be confused with Dogwood Anthracnose, a completely different problem that does kill trees.
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RoseBlush1
May 25, 2020 11:42 PM CST
I think BigBill has probably identified your problem correctly.

A newly planted tree does not have a fully developed root system. You need to be watering your tree daily and you need to deep water the tree to train the roots to go deep.

Your new tree is probably putting all of its plant energy into growing roots right now. It needs to grow both the anchor roots, which also pump water from the lower levels up to the top growth, as well as the feeder roots that are closer to the surface of the soil.

Once the root system is working, you will see the foliage problems disappear.
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