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20/09/2013 at 11:09

I had the tree planted last January but the tree, which was some 10 ft high when planted, does not appear to have sprouted any leaves or flowers.  In Spring it developed some buds but no leaves or any signs of growth since then.  Is it too early to think that it is dead? or should I give it until next Spring?

20/09/2013 at 11:45

Sounds dead to me 

20/09/2013 at 12:36

and me

20/09/2013 at 12:55

scrape some bark off the branches starting at the tips, working back to the trunk. If you don't find any green, then it is dead

20/09/2013 at 12:56

Was it bare-rooted or had it been pot-grown?  

The weather in January was pretty appalling - here in Norfolk we had snow for my birthday in January and it stayed freezing cold for months!  I'm afraid I wouldn't have planted a tree in those conditions.  I'm not sure if I could have anyway - our ground was frozen solid.  

I don't think it ever stood a chance, poor thing. 

20/09/2013 at 17:57

You say that you had the tree planted?, presumably by a gardener or firm. I would go back to them. Was it bare rooted? was it watered every week through the spring and summer?

I agree with Nut and  Dove, it sounds  like it's dead.

20/09/2013 at 17:59

I didn't pick up on the 'had planted'. fidgetbones is right, back to the planter.

20/09/2013 at 19:29

Thanks to all who have replied. Yes I employed a gardening company to plant up a large raised bed area. They were supposed to plant it in October but weeks passed by and they eventually did the work at the beginning of January.  I will go back to them to ask them to check.

22/09/2013 at 10:46

can you snap a small piece off , if the center of the twig is green it may grow back. I have one that puts on a lovely show each year but then loses most of it's leaves. I think i readsome where that blight is the problem.


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