Sickly Dogwood and Next Steps ...

Discussion in 'Cornus (dogwoods)' started by Hastingsk12, Sep 10, 2006.

  1. Hastingsk12

    Hastingsk12 Member

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    Hello everyone. I wanted to ask for opinions on the steps I should take to save a dogwood tree (Cherokee Chief).

    I live in Georgia and I planted a the dogwood this past winter. Believe
    it was November. The tree, planted in direct sunlight, never really
    showed signs of doing well. In fact, around the beginning of the summer
    the tree began to show sign of doing quite poorly. The leaves began to
    dry up. I took photos of the tree and it's leaves to the nursery where
    the tree came from. I was told then that the tree was in shock and was
    badly stressed from the summer heat. I was told to give it some root
    stimulant and wait and see.

    Doing the research, I believe now that the tree was suffering from
    Anthracnose. Well, now all of the leave are gone. I haven't wanted to
    give up on the tree because while the leafs are gone and some of the
    branch stems are brittle, the tree looks suptle. In fact, I've began to
    see signs of new growth down along the "main trunk" of the tree.

    Question I had was, what ywould ou recommend I do about the tree at this
    point? Do I treat it for Anthracnose at this point in the season? How
    about the pruning recommendations ... should I cut off the top portion
    of the tree, just above the new growth?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

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  2. cwillocks

    cwillocks Member

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    I have the same situation. My neighbors trees are thriving!
     
  3. Gordo

    Gordo Active Member 10 Years

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    I think it might be too early in the season for any major surgery. These trees really don't do well with a lot of pruning anyway. Best to take a wait & see attitude until specific problems can be analyzed.
     
  4. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    No point in keeping parts that are definitely dead. Scrape bark lightly to look for live, green tissue beneath.
     

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