Natchez Crepe Myrtle

Asked June 30, 2018, 12:48 PM EDT

Just bought a very nice Natchez Crepe Myrtle shipped from New Jersey to the Washington coast. It experienced a bit of shock but seems to be recovering. This tree is just under 4 feet tall. It is the end of June. The tree has been in the ground about 2 weeks. Now the leaves are turning their fall colors . . . Red/orange. Otherwise, it appears healthy. Should I be worried?

Grays Harbor County Washington

1 Response

Probably not. It might be going through a bit of transplant shock. If the leaves are not drying out and the branches remain supple, it should be ok. Make sure that it gets plenty of water during the heat of the summer and do not feed it with any high nitrogen fertilizer. Adding mulch will help during the heat of the summer as well.