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Is my walnut tree healthy?

joe.shimminjoe.shimmin Posts: 211
I bought this walnut tree in the autumn and planted it. It came in a huge pot, so the roots should be good enough but the leaves look weak and the tree in general looks quite bare. I also had to cut off quite a few small branches which were dead when they produced no buds or leaves.
These pictures were taken yesterday.
Thanks for your advice/answers.


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,910
    Walnut trees are notoriously slow to come into leaf in the spring.

    It’s too late now to say whether the branches you cut off would have eventually produced leaves.

    I would just leave it alone for a couple of years and see what happens.
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  • joe.shimminjoe.shimmin Posts: 211
    Ok, thanks, it’s just that all the other walnut trees I see look a lot more leafy than mine.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,150
    Ours was planted 30 years ago and, even here, is slow to come into leaf.   Yours has only just been planted and needs to spend time getting its roots down to support the top growth and will, given time, settle down and behave like its older cousins.

    Patience is a key requirement for gardeners.  Make sure you give yours a generous bucketful of water at least once a week if you get a dry spell.  That will help too.  In future, wait till the end of June to remove "dead" wood.  
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  • joe.shimminjoe.shimmin Posts: 211
    Brilliant, thanks for the help. I’ll do as you say. 
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