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Help! What is wrong with my red robin tree

Can anyone help with my tree issues. I think possibly one is overwatered and the other is underwatered. Can anyone give any insight based on their appearance? 


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,436
    Hello Rachel, welcome to the forum  :)
    To be honest l think it is difficult to tell from the photos, whatever the reason they are both under severe stress.
    How long have they been in the ground, did you plant them ? Is there any chance of another photo showing the area that they are planted in ?
  • Yes we planted them ourselves at the begginging of March. I have this picture from March which shows the ground they are planted in. We do have quite heavy clay soil but planted in a large amount of compost. There are a lot of flowers planted in the boarder between them now. 

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,436
    The only thing l can think of is the extreme weather that we have had between March and now, extremely dry April followed by a very wet May.
    Red Robin can be very temperamental and l'm more inclined to think under rather than over watering. They need to be planted at least 2 feet from the fence due to the "rain shadow" where the moisture just doesn't reach the roots. It's possible that if you keep watering they will recover. 
    I'm sorry that l can't be of more help, but there are people here who know more about growing trees than l do, and l hope they can advise you.
  • It might be worth checking the ties that are fixing the trees to pieces of bamboo. These can strangle plants if they are too tight and the supports that go the full height of the tree are usually only used for a short time as more long term stakes for trees only fix the base of the plant in place and allow some movement of the top to help the plant become stronger and in time not to need any supports.
  • ElferElfer Posts: 329
    They do love the sun and well drained soil which might be a problem given that you have clay soil, you would have needed to add at least 50% compost in a hole 2/3 times bigger (width and depth) than the root ball as if they sit in wet soil the leaves would drop. If you haven't then it might be an idea to bite the bullet and re-plant to avoid root rot.

    You haven't got any spots on the leaves do you?
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