Van cherry trees are brown!

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  1. John Brooks

    John Brooks New Member

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    Hello. Totally new to this. So I have a Bing and Rainer cherry tree, newly planted that are thriving, yet the two van cherry trees have only little brown dead leaves. I'm in Amarillo tx, and we are having a heatwave as of last month. Any ideas? I simply want the trees safe!
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Renowned Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    If they only have little brown dead leaves, it sounds like they are dead. You can use your thumbnail to scrape a twig and see if any green tissue is underneath the bark, but this isn't sounding positive. Do you have a photograph?
     
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    They aren't dead. The tree is quite flexible and has a green tent when I scrape it. I honest to god think it's just a touch of heat shock from being transplanted a bit late. They were put in the ground a few weeks ago but the weather here in Texas has been quite brutal. Even a cactus got a sunburn.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Renowned Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Ok, keep your fingers crossed. Since the plants aren't losing water through their leaves, don't overwater--much harder to tell what might be the right amount when you don't have leaves to look at as a guide!
     
  5. Michael F

    Michael F Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Also try to erect some shade cloth to protect them from the worst of the sun in the middle of the day.
     
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