I planted a 5-6′ European Weeping Beech this Spring. The top branches got wind blown while being transported in the back of the truck and the leaves on this section fell off. It hasn’t yet produced new leaves and many of the leaves that is does have on the top half are half brown and very dry. As it starts to produce new little leaves, they appear brown and “chewed” looking on the edges. The bottom section has a tiny bit of powdery mildew but generally looks OK. The roots were EXTREMELY root bound. I tried to spread them out as much as possible but it was very compact ball. I think it was well planted and I have been watering it one a week (twice a week when it has been very hot). Any suggestions?
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I would guess that it is still trying to recover from the transplant. It sounds like water stress. How long are you watering for? Make sure it is getting at least 1 inch per week – in my experience, this means watering for a LONG time. When I worked at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, one of the gardeners there always watered the leaves of newly transplanted trees as well as the roots. I’m not sure if there is any truth to it, but he claimed that this was very important for trees that were having trouble getting established after transplanting.
Also, (I think this is a bit controversial) but if it wouldn’t destroy the form, I would try pruning off some of the top; this way the tree can concentrate on growing new roots rather than repairing the wind damaged area.