Help me save my Semi-Dwarf Fuji Apple?
[apologies in advance if this isn't the best forum for this, there seems to be a great number of topics here with extensive overlap. If this belongs elsewhere please let e know?]
Location: Los Angeles (North Hollywood), CA
USDA Zone :10a/10b
Soil: Sandy, Neutral - Moderately Alkaline
I planted a Fuji apple a few months back. I followed the directions on the tag, dug out a large hole and mixed native soil with bagged organic soil (along with some of my own homemade compost).
I placed a brick ring around the trunk (about 4 feet in diameter) and placed wood mulch over the fresh dirt (with none touching the tree trunk).
Over the first month or two I watered it regularly, a couple times a week (Calif is in drought conditions with zero rainfall for months).
It has recently begun to shrivel and the laves are turning red/brown:
I'm wondering what is causing this?
A couple of additional details:
- A few weeks back we did have some days with highs into the mid-90's. It's been cooler lately (80's) but there were a few days approaching triple digits.
Most sites I can find list Fuji apples as 4-9 zones- is 10a/b just too much for this guy?
- I bought a moisture gauge and have been taking daily moisture readings in the soil around each of my fruit trees (both at the trunk and about 2 feet away, at 2 inches deep and 8 inches deep). It seems like the Fuji is not draining as well as the other trees and stays very moist (5+ on the meter) for days and weeks after being watered.
Not sure if I can dig him up and do something to help (maybe put in a gravel bed before replanting?) or if he should be ok in moderately moist soil.
Any tips on what might be causing the leaf turn I posted in the photos would be greatly appreciated.