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Shasta Lake, CA

July 13, 2010
2:17 PM

Post #7965793

I purchased a strawberry tree last October. It was planted by the Nursery that I bought it from. At that time I bought a October Blaze and a Crape Myrtle. Both are doing fine but the Strawberry tree was damaged by fall winds. They replaced the tree and staked it, in the spring. That tree is dying, the trunk is scaling and the leaves are brown. We were told to water it heavily, which we did to no avail.
When it was delivered it looked a little droopy. How can we save this tree?
Could there be something wrong with the soil? Or did I just get a sick tree.
Valparaiso, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 14, 2010
9:19 AM

Post #7967793

Gosh, that's a hard question, and an unfortunate problem. We know that newly planted trees require lots of water until they are well established, but it sounds like you did that.

You said the tree looked a bit droopy when it was delivered. That could be from lack of water. Did it perk up after you watered it? If your soil is a bit acid, it should be fine for strawberry tree.

Wish I could be more helpful, but it's difficult to diagnose from afar. Your extension agent might have some insightful observations.

All my best.

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