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    Oak Tree Care No Leaves

    I have several oak trees in my yard (yard 3 acres sandy loamy soil-built house in old field). All trees were transplanted three years ago and have done well every summer. Three are pin oak (quite large when transplanted 15 feet tall) and three are Shumard Oak (bought from Lowes) 2 are Willow Oak (bought from Lowes). I live in SE North Carolina and ALL surrounding trees have had leaves for 1 month plus. (we had a mild winter). However all of the above trees have no leaves except one Willow Oak. "Scratch test" indicates very green and the limbs are flexible and green inside. I understand most will say be patient. However very concerned that they are not in good shape. The buds are swelling however still no leaves. Also we have had a very warm spring. Have had sufficient rain and plenty of days well into the upper 80's, no late freezes. Anybody have any ideas what is going on.

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    RE: Oak Tree Care No Leaves

    A picture might be useful in helping to figure out what's going on.

    Has anything changed around the tree in the past year or so? Digging in the yard, chemical applications, weed stuff, fertilizer, etc? Anything like that?

    Are you 100% sure the trees never got leaves to begin with this spring? I've heard of trees (especially willow oaks) being decimated in your state by green inchworms. It's been a bad year for those. It's not fatal but the leaves do get eaten.

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    RE: Oak Tree Care No Leaves

    I will get some pictures. There has been no change in the care of the trees to speak of. Some fertilization at the middle of last summer--leaves fell off the trees as normal--no burning of leaves etc. There is one large sweetgum tree at the edge of my yard that is in the same situation and has just started to leaf out. But the rest of the trees are the same. I also have two live oak trees the same age as the other trees in question--they have had the same care as the other trees--and they are doing just fine---shed their excess leaves a month ago and leafed out their new leaves as live oaks do. As I stated the tree bark and limb cambium are very green--seem to show no signs of death? thanks for the response

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    RE: Oak Tree Care No Leaves

    I have three Burr Oak in front of my house for summer shade. Right now, one has leaves that are about half-grown, while the other two are just starting to show openings on the buds.

    Then again, I'm up in the frozen north of Montana, I would expect Carolinian trees to have awoken earlier than here. I'm just saying that some trees might "sleep in" a little.

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