Kouza Dogwood: Dead or in Suspended Animation?

templemorrisMay 7, 2012

I have 2 Kouzas, both 5 years old. This Spring they both woke up at the same time. But, about 3 weeks ago, one seemed to stop progressing. That is, it got lots of early buds and a few leave. But it seemed to freeze like this, and remains exactly the same 3 weeks later. It appears to be alive.

We're in the Mid-Atlantic region, and weather here has been unseasonably warm. No frost for over a month. There's no evidence of pests on the tree.

FWIW, the other Kouza, progressed normally: bloomed, grew in leaves, etc.

Any thoughts on what might be causing this?

Many Thanks,


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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

did you have a frost freeze 3 weeks back???

oops.. i see it was 4 weeks back...

all you can do is wait.. and see what happens..

and yes.. frost can hit one tree and not the other ...


    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 8:58AM
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Thanks for your quick response Ken. It sounds like you think this is frost related. Does this mean the tree is dead or just hurting?

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 10:23AM
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If it still has green leaves, wait. If the leaves it made died, scratch the bark and see if it is green (alive) or brown (dead).


    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 11:18AM
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famartin(z5 NE NV)

A picture speaks a thousand words...

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 6:06AM
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Thanks John and Famartin. I'll try the scratch test and post a photo, if I can figure out how!

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 8:17AM
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