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Q.Dogwood Leaves Turned Brown Too Early

Anonymous added on September 3, 2012 | Answered

I have four dogwood trees two years old. They bloomed this year. We keep mulch around trees and change at least twice a year, but this year two of my trees turned brown early and leaves fell off. I live in Tennessee and we have had a lot of rain and some hot weather, but not near as hot as last year. What do you think happened and what can I do now in September or in the coming months to get my dogwoods in better shape? And what kind of fertilizer is good?

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Answered on September 4, 2012

It is possible that the color change in the foliage is simply due to heat stress. In many areas of the country, people have been experiencing warmer than average temps, or even fluctuating weather (warm one day, cool the next). This type of thing can oftentimes confuse shrubs/trees into thinking it's time to go dormant (some even do this as a means of protection to conserve water).

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