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Burning Bush Has No Leaves

We planted 2 dwarf burning bushes in March right before our record rainfall of the year. Both plants' root balls sat basically underwater for a week, one worse than the other. The one developed leaves and seems fine but the other never developed leaves although it is covered in buds that never opened. We cut a stem and it is green inside and still seems to be alive.

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Our question is: is there some way to prune it to possibly "bring it to life", is it a lost cause, or should we wait until next spring to see if it restarts after winter? We don't want to dig it up and replace it if it can make it since it has tried hard all summer.

Hardiness Zone: 5a


Beth from Livingston, IL

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September 10, 20080 found this helpful

Some compost, about six inches thick, mulched around at the base. That would give a shot of rich nutrient that might be the missing need.

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September 11, 20080 found this helpful

Burning bushes are quite sturdy, hardly shrubs. I wouldn't give up on it until next year. One winter I thought the rabbits had killed mine. Turns out they had just pruned it for me.

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