I purchased 2 arbutus seedlings last spring and planted them on a rocky south-facing ocean slope, protected by a decaying douglas fir log. One seedling died within a few months and the other survived to this spring (a few buds but a number of dying leaves). Now it looks like seedling #2 is about to die. I really would like to have an arbutus growing on our property (south-facing, west of Sooke, Juan de Fuca strait). I could try again on a rocky berm sheltered by our house. There are a few arbutus trees in the immediate vacinity but not many. I did clump several handfuls of soil from nearby arbutus trees on the seedlings. Should I try starting a new plant from seed, or another seedling from a speciality nursery? P.S. The 2 garry oak seedlings I planted early last fall are (knock on wood) doing well.