3 year old dwarf crepe myrtle was transplanted last fall after leaves had dropped. New location is well-drained and soil was amended, but it is only partial sun. The tree has not leafed out this year. Branches are green, but leaf buds just never developed. Should I accept that it is dead?
To help determine if the plant is dead you can prune back from the tips until you see viable greenwood. If the stem snaps easily that is also a sign of dead tissue. Although you should be seeing new growth by now, you plant may just be delayed. Be careful not to overwater the plant if you find the stems are still green and viable as plants without foliage have lower water requirements that ones leafed out. Good Luck.