Pagoda Dogwood "Death"
Will appreciate your response to this mystery. I have (or had) a Pagoda Dogwood planted last summer. It survived the winter, leafed out beautifully and set blooms. It is in a part shade spot on a small hill that drains well. It is mulched, but appropriately...not right up to the trunk. One day I noticed the leaves were wilting. I checked soil moisture and it was fine. In three days the leaves had completely wilted and it is now completely defoliated. The branches and trunk are not dead (or at least they are green when scraped lightly). I suspect a root issue...verticillium wilt? as it would seem the tree was unable to take up water. Could it be winter damage? I wonder if there is any possibility that it might leaf out and, if so, how long would I wait? If I am right about the root issue is there a possibility it would affect the dwarf evergreens and other plants in the border in question? Is there anything one can do to prevent this from happening?