In June I transplanted a holly tree and it lost all the leaves due to transplant shock. How do I know if it's still alive? How long to wait for new leave growth?
Holly Tree Shed Leaves
The time it takes for the root system to get going again after transplanting can vary greatly. As long as the main trunk and branches still look good, and the branches are still bendable without breaking or snapping when lightly bent, it should still be fine. Water the tree with some water that has both a good root stimulator and a product called Super Thrive mixed into the same water the next 4 to 5 times it needs watering. The root stimulator will help get the root system going and the Super Thrive while helping with that as well, also helps the tree deal with the transplant shock and stress.