Elm Trees
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Japanese Elm

Zone 02360 | meripistol added on May 13, 2016 | Answered

This year it came back with only the lower branches budding. The rest of the tree is still dormant.

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on May 14, 2016

Is this a new planting?
I would go ahead and test the branches to see what is still alive and what may have died off. Branches and stems that bend are still alive. If they break or snap off, this part of the tree has died.
If the stems are still pliable, give the tree more time.

You can also do the scratch test on the bark.

Here are some links that will help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/tree-scratch-test.htm

https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/trees/handbook/th-3-115.pdf

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