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Southwestern Ontario
annesiemens02gmail
Jun 5, 2020 2:30 PM CST
I planted two of these in my gardens two summers ago. Both did fine last year. One has bloomed nicely this year and the other has remained bare. Any thoughts? Is this salvageable?


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Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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oneeyeluke
Jun 6, 2020 1:08 AM CST
It looks like a moisture problem. Scratch the bark and see if you get green or brown to know if its still alive. If its green and alive then dig down beside it about 6 or 8 inches and feel the soil. If it has green and just very dry then put the water to it and water deeply. If its dead then dig it up and investigate the bottom of the hole and the root ball and find out what went wrong.
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central ohio (Zone 5b)
PlantingOaks
Jun 6, 2020 9:12 AM CST
If one matching plant has that many leaves already, the other one is dead. Sorry :(

How are conditions different between the plants? Does one get much more sun or water than the other for some reason? Since it died over winter, consider winter conditions as well - places ice accumulates for instance.

Otherwise I agree with Luke, dig it up and look at the roots. The root flare (where roots branch off the trunk) should be right at the surface, not buried, and roots should be growing outwards into the soil, not twisted back towards the plant or contained by plastic, burlap or any barriers.

My *guess* is that it was planted too deeply and the bark rotted below the surface. There isn't direct evidence of that, it's just a common-ish problem with transplants, and I don't see any other likely causes. Digging it up and looking at what's going on below the soil surface will give us a lot more information.
Southwestern Ontario
annesiemens02gmail
Jun 6, 2020 9:18 AM CST
The stem of the tree is still very green. It is not brown or brittle.

Both of the trees face north, one is on the northwest side of the home, the other is northeast. They are about 200 feet apart.

My plan is to check the dirt, see how dry it is, deeply water and also get some tree/shrub fertilizer

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