Any chance this persimmon tree could still leaf out?

RobThomasJune 5, 2013

I purchased a Yates and Morris Burton from Nolin River, and planted them in either February or March. Neither one showed any sign of leafing out. Finally, the Yates began to leaf out about 3 weeks ago. No change in the Morris Burton, though. It still shows green under the bark. However, my hope is fading that it will survive. I've never had a tree take this long to leaf out.

Any thoughts on the chances this tree could still survive?

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

As long as it shows green hang in there. They are naturally late to leaf out. It's too late to plant another so you might as well give it every chance.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 4:15PM
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Thanks, fruitnut. Yeah, I'm going to give it until it is definitely dead. I've just never seen anything take this long to break dormancy. I certainly don't want to go thru the trouble of replacing it and staring over next year. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 7:21PM
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yukkuri_kame(Sunset 19 / USDA 9)

I have 2 japanese persimmon seedlings in containers. I had given both up for dead twigs a long time ago, but they now have healthy leaves.

My rule of thumb now with dead-looking trees is leave them for a year and see what happens.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 4:44AM
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It's not unusual for these bare root persimmons to not leaf out until August, and I've heard of cases where they didn't leaf out until the following spring. This is caused by transplantation shock from improper care of the roots. So perhaps all is not lost, but it does not speak well of the nursery that sent the trees to you. It may be wise to contact them now about the problem in case they later need to be replaced.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 7:48AM
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