Dogwood – No Leaves

Q: I transplanted a six-foot pink dogwood in early November. I knew it was a little on the large side to be transplanted. Now it has not leafed out. I have scrapped a branch and noticed greenish color. Is it better to get a new tree this fall?

A: I hate to deliver bad news but if the tree has no leaves now, it can’t store energy for next year or direct the growth of new roots. You did the job at the right time but too many roots were lost in the process of transplanting. Local nurseries will be glad to assist you this fall!