Has my Japanese snowbell tree died?

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  1. bharmala

    bharmala New Member

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    I've noticed that my Japanese snowbell tree hasn't started to bud or grow leaves even though my two neighbours' trees have been growing already for several weeks (see photo; one neighbor's tree with lots of leaves growing beside). I also tried a 'scratch test' on a number of central branches/the tree trunk and didn't find a green living layer under the exterior bark. Is there still hope for a tree like this and is it worth waiting out further? Or is it time to think about taking the tree down now?
     

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  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    The others are not very advanced looking themselves - you'll just have to wait a bit and see if yours comes along a little later.
     
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    Thank you, Ron. Still no growth a few days later. I'll give it a bit longer.
     
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    WesternWilson Active Member 10 Years

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    Be grateful if it has!! I deeply regret planting two in our streetside bed. They seed bountifully and the seedlings are tenacious. I wish now I had planted one of the more delicate dogwoods!
     

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