Re: Renfrew-Collingwood It's transplanting shock. If sufficiently damaged full recovery may never occur. Down here large balled-in-burlap tree stock is often allowed to dry out between the production field and the final resting place. This is a great way to stunt subsequent top growth, including the growth of flowers. Otherwise, if handled successfully these will resume normal top growth after the roots grow back out the first fall after planting.