Hi, I bought a 6 foot tall R. Fortunei this weekend at the Rhodo Society sale. I had the tree transported in the back of a pick-up (laid on its side) and the kind men drove slow along the highway to minimize the wind whizzing through the leaves. Then I put it in my back yard where we have been suffering through REALLY strong winds for 3 full days now. The poor leaves look cracked at the junction point of the stems and they are flapping around in a most un-rhodo like fashion. I've placed the plant beside a 6 ft. Tall fence to try to brace it from the winds, but it really is so blustery back there. I went to inspect the leaves (fortunei leaves are 6 inches long and 2-3 inches wide so quite big). I was shocked by how dessicated the plant is and particularly these forlorn leaves. I watered the container when I first got it to my place, and I will plant it out in the next day or two, but is there any hope for this plant? I didn't have it long enough to know if the leaves were this floppy/dry before this wind assault. Definitely quite different from the smaller rhodos I've had in the ground for years. I'm very sad and hoping you will have advice to help nurse this poor, over-stressed tree back from the brink. Other details are that it wont get much sun until afternoon (there's a TALL spruce to the east of it) and I've placed it right against the fence so the late afternoon sun wont be hitting it for very long. But it will be in the path of westerly winds which ordinarily are not at all strong. There are a bunch of green (dormant?) buds along the stem/trunk below where the leaves currently are, which is at the ends of the plant. Thanks for your advice.