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cornelius NC, central Piedmont
JamesBrennan
Aug 3, 2017 10:02 AM CST
I planted a variegated weeping cherry and it started off very well. At the end of July all the leaves tuned brown and dropped off( I did give it water reularly) What did I do wrong? Is there anything I can do do to help it survive? Location NC USA
Name: Sue
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sooby
Aug 3, 2017 4:57 PM CST
Welcome!

Do you have any pictures of it - are there any leaves left on it now? If not, can you scratch a twig to see if it is still green inside? When did you plant it, and was it in a pot when you bought it? Do you have the cultivar name?
cornelius NC, central Piedmont
JamesBrennan
Aug 3, 2017 10:48 PM CST
I planted the tree ( prunus incisa lemon) early in the spring. I purchased it from a local garden center, it was in a large pot. There are no leaves remaining. they all turned brown and dropped off in less than two weeks. Prior to that i was very pleased with the way it had grown.
Name: Sue
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sooby
Aug 4, 2017 4:51 AM CST
Is it possible it did not get enough water? Was it well watered in the pot before planting? You might want to check with the garden centre, I don't know about in the USA but around here woody plants are usually guaranteed for a period of time and so they may replace it for you if it is dead. If you see green underneath when you scratch the twigs then it may be still alive. Are there any unopened buds on the twigs?
cornelius NC, central Piedmont
JamesBrennan
Aug 4, 2017 11:42 AM CST
I have scratched the bark and there seems to be some colour beneath. The pot was well watered before I planted the tree, I watered once per week in the early spring and now, at the height of our NC summer, it gets watered every other day. Following your advice, I checked and there is some signs of bud life( not that dreadful beer Bud Light). There are what look to be some of next years flower buds and what might be tiny leaf buds. I have now some hope that the tree might live. Is there anything you can suggest that will help it?. If it is dormant it will be that way for the next 7 months.
thank you for your help
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greene
Aug 4, 2017 11:53 AM CST
JamesBrennan said:...purchased it from a local garden center...in a large pot.


At the time you planted the tree, did you inspect the roots? Perhaps the tree had been in the pot too long and the roots grew in a circle. Once planted in-ground, the roots may not have left the original space. I learned this the hard way.

The local garden center should be able to replace the tree for you.



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Name: Sue
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sooby
Aug 4, 2017 12:40 PM CST
Since it seems to be still alive it's a dilemma as to whether to replace it under guarantee (assuming there was one) or wait it out possibly until the warranty period has expired before you are able to tell if it will leaf out next year. There's not much you can do to change the situation other than keep it from drying out. It won't need watering as much while it doesn't have leaves because it is the leaves that draw (and lose) most of the water a plant uses. Sometimes when trees are defoliated during the growing season they will leaf out again the same year, but I'm not sure if they will when it is this late.

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