fall-planted shrub.. is it dead?

motria(z6 Chicago)April 14, 2006

The clethra I planted in fall '05 shows no sign of life. The ninebark and purple sand cherry are leafing out, not to mention the late-emerging perennials (balloon flower, baptisia, etc.) are sending up shoots. The clethra has no leaf buds, but I should note that the twigs are not brittle and they are green on the inside. What do you think?

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ginkgonut(4)

Clethra can be really slow to leaf out in the spring. I think mine were not fully leafed until about the middle of May last year (Minneapolis). If the stems are flexible and still green I wouldn't give up on it yet.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2006 at 7:15PM
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motria(z6 Chicago)

Thank you ginkgonut. I watered it a bit and resisted the temptation to dig around the roots for a peek. Fingers crossed.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2006 at 8:32AM
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hostared(Z5, IL)

Second year for mine and I am just starting to see some life. First year I thought mine was dead also. I cut a low growing branch to see if it was green and sure enought it was alive but it is very slow to wake up. Be patient!

    Bookmark   April 16, 2006 at 2:00PM
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ademink(z5a-5b Indianapolis)

Mine *just* started to leaf out also. First year I had it so I thought it was dead too. I broke a tiny twig, saw green and apologized to it. LOL

    Bookmark   April 20, 2006 at 5:45PM
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motria(z6 Chicago)

Okay, it's officially a false alarm! Today I found the tiniest of leaf buds. It's really amazing how tall some plants are getting while the clethra sleeps. Thank you for the reassurances, everyone.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2006 at 8:53PM
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ademink(z5a-5b Indianapolis)

YAY! Admit it, you almost did a happy-dance. LOL ;)

    Bookmark   April 22, 2006 at 9:34AM
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motria(z6 Chicago)

Oh, yes, there was some dancing here. :-p

    Bookmark   April 22, 2006 at 11:25PM
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