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May 11, 2017 12:01 PM CST
We bought a 4ft Kwanzan Cherry tree and planted a month ago following directions. It did start to get leaves, but I saw bugs, and was worried, so I got some Neem Oil. I did delute it as directed, and sprayed it 3 days in a row. Our weather for spring has been rainy somewhat, but was sunny when we planted. Then I started to see leaves dry up and browning on stem. The top still has a tiny bit of green, but no leaves at all now. They are brown and dried, but didn't fall off. Did I kill it? Will it come back? Help!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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May 11, 2017 12:53 PM CST
Did you spray the tree with Neem oil on a sunny day? BTW, once would have been enough. Neem does not kill insects instantly - it takes a few days.

If you sprayed on a sunny day, the leaves could have burned off - Neem should be sprayed at dusk. But that would not kill the tree.

Give it the scratch test: scratch the bark with your finger nail. If the layer under the bark in green, the tree is alive. If its brown, the tree is dead.

I would take the tree back to the nursery you purchased it from. Reputable nurseries guarantee their trees for several months (as much as a year).
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