Trees and Shrubs forum→Dogwood tree with dead branches

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Jun 9, 2020 10:40 AM CST
I have a Dogwood tree that is about a year old now. The first year it did pretty well. This spring, it started out well but only half of it ended up flowering. The other half slowly "died." Now half of the tree is green with leaves the other half looks dead.Should I prune or cut the "dead" branches? Is there any hope for this tree or anything I should do?

Attaching photos from the past month:
- First photo from May 1
- Second photos from today June 9

Another note that I added two Miracle-Gro Tree & Shrub Plant Food Spikes to the waterline of the tree in May and wondering if that hurt it. Thanks!
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Jun 9, 2020 11:28 AM CST
The branches do no appear to be totally dead. I would wait to see whether it recovers for awhile.
Name: Lee-Roy
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Jun 12, 2020 8:10 PM CST
Scratch the bark away with your finger nail or a knife. If it's green, it's still alive. If not....

How did you go about planting it? Make a picture detailing where the trunk meets the soil.

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