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Q.Only Leaves At The Top Of Each Branch

Zone SK23 7JE | ann.cottell@talktalk.net added on June 3, 2022 | Answered

Planted my greengage tree early this year and it only has leaves at the top of each branch. the rest of the stem has no bud or any sign of life. Is this normal for a young tree? Should i prune it at some point? Thanks.

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Answered on June 6, 2022

It does sound stressed. Unfortunately, your photos did not come through. I am unable to see the extent of the damage.

Now would be a good time to prune, but if the tree is overly stressed then it could kill it. I would wait until next year to prune, since it was just planted recently.

Here is an article that will help you with the care of the tree:


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