Lilac tree slow to leaf out . . .
This is the second year for this Ivory Silk Lilac tree. I planted it May 2015, and last year it did great, but this year it's very slow to produce leaves and some of the higher branches are dead (they just snap off).
What could be going on with it?
Hennepin County Minnesota
Anita - I can't thank you enough for the advice! Unfortunately, the well-known garden center that I purchased the tree from did not give me any instruction as to how to properly plant the tree, nor did they offer any advice when I recently contacted them regarding the issues I was seeing this spring. They flat our did not care. This led me to searching the web for assistance . . . As you predicted, I do see a step that I missed (carving down the circular root system to a box). I will be digging the tree up this weekend and giving it some tender loving care and hope for the best.
Thank you again,