Cause for strange late Yoshino Cherry?
Last spring I purchased 2 identical young Yoshino Cherry trees (labeled #5) from the garden center. I planted them on opposite sides of the yard, in equal sunlight, etc. They both did well the first year, and now, this spring, one of them bloomed and has many young leaves while the other seems to be stuck in a coma!
The unresponding sapling is still bendy and moist even in the smallest twigs, and has purple-ish early buds on it, but seems to be on hold. It doesn't make sense to me.
Would something cause this? Or could the tree have been mis-labeled? The only significant difference between the two is the coma tree is planted between Nishiki dappled willows (also young). Could they be producing some enzyme in the ground that is causing this?
I was about to replace the tree, but close inspection tells me it is not dead... just apparently semi-dormant.
There is not a glimpse of green on it, but even the Crape Myrtles are starting to produce leaves now.