Plum Trees
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No leaves on plum tree

Zone Winnfield, La. Zone 8. | Calum added on April 7, 2015 | Answered

I planted a plum tree last year but it's not getting any leaves on it this year. It's not dead. If I break a branch, it is still green. Shoots started growing from the bottom of the tree near the root. Is there anything I can do to force the leaves out?

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shelley
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Answered on April 7, 2015

Each year, the seasons and the weather are slightly different, and trees will wake up when they are good and ready. I think Louisiana just experienced a bout of cold snaps, did it not? Your tree may not think it's warm enough to launch its spring growth in earnest. I think it's a waiting game at this point. You already established your tree is alive, so that's a very good sign. I would prune those shoots at the base of the tree, however, as they will sap the tree's energy from doing more important things, such as creating leaves. :)

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