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Thornless Hawthorne


Posted by Matt , Aug 16,2005,02:57       Forum

Hope you can help. I recently (about 50 days ago) planted a Thornless Hawthorne near my patio. It was a well established, healthy tree, with a 3' root ball. I made sure the top of the root ball was at least 4" above ground and placed mulch around & a top of the root ball and surrounding area. I made sure to water it regularly & kept close watch on it. It seemed to be doing alright. At one point I overwatered and a small percentage of the leaves turned yellow. So I backed off the watering for a couple weeks, checking it every day. Approximately one week ago, I came out in the morning to find that 1/2 or better of the small leaves had turned either partially or completely dark brown virtually overnight! My nursery said it's the drought conditions in Chicago that caused it. But overnight?? In a panic I watered it (prob too much) and most of the healthy leaves then turned yellow and are now wilting. Argh!! As added info the brown leaves are turning brown from the outside in toward the stem. Any ideas what's going on? I know trees will shed leaves in drought conditions, but this seems like something more severe. Any thoughts on this? Ideas?? Thanks, Matt.

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