I have a Ivory silk lilac tree. It has been in the ground one year. This...

Asked July 3, 2014, 12:29 PM EDT

I have a Ivory silk lilac tree. It has been in the ground one year. This spring it started to produce leaves but only 3 to 5 leaves that are pretty small. On the trunk of the tree about 5" from the root area two branches formed with beautiful leaves. I asked the the nursery about it and was told it is dead. I didn't think a tree with green leaves was dead. I know we had a very cold winter here in Park Rapids. What would you do if this was your tree? Thank you for your help, Gina

Hubbard County Minnesota

1 Response

Your new tree is showing major damage - probably from the harsh winter. While it is putting out a few leaves it is best to consider it "dead" and replace it sooner, rather than later. It may struggle for a while longer but it will never achieve a healthy form and will then be subject to wind and other stresses.

If the nursery says it's dead you may be able to get a replacement from them if the tree was under the normal 1-year warrenty.