Smoke Bush - Chicago

eclecticmeMarch 23, 2012

I planted two smoke bushes last year.

One looks like this:

The other one looks like this:

Do you think that the second one is dead or do you think that the leaves appeared too soon on the first one?

TIA!

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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Does not look good. Are the branches brittle? You might want to pull back the leaves and see if somethings coming up.

tj

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 5:17PM
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Sara Malone Zone 9b

Are they both the same variety? I have some that have started to leaf out and others that look like your photo #2 - different varieties. Easiest thing to do it to cut into one of the branches - is it brittle as tj asks or green and supple? That'll tell you the story...
Good luck!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 12:37AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

Easiest thing to do it to cut into one of the branches - is it brittle as tj asks or green and supple? That'll tell you the story...

==>> NO ... the easiest thing to do.. give it another couple weeks.. and at least wait until the time it usually leafs out .. and see if it does ...

otherwise.. what FF and the rest said ...

were these end of the year bargains???

ken

    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 8:25AM
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eclecticme

Hi,
Thanks for the responses. I think theses were the same variety. I took the above photos yesterday. Today I notice that there are 2 leaves on the one that looks dead. Both leaves are near the bottom of the plant. When I break a piece of wood near the top it seems dead, but last year was my first time ever planting anything in my life so I really am not qualified to say... These were not end of season bargins.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 3:39PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

these are generally a 'run it over with the truck' type plant ... nearly impossible to kill ...

they are probably rooted.. so it will come up from the roots, true to name.. and with a vengeance ...

just give it a few more weeks.. and then start pruning out the dead stuff ...

link below to PROPER planting techniques ... in case you want to try again ...

its all part of the learning curve ...

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 4:50PM
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