Wilting cottonwood leaves

Asked June 30, 2019, 12:35 PM EDT

I recently lost my mother and best friend who always wanted her ashes buried under a cottonwood tree. I Purchased a small tree that arrived via mail. It looked like it was thriving after I planted it as new buds and leaves popped out. But now one of the little trunks which has beautiful green leaves are wilting terribly. This happened a month ago on my first attempt with a cottonwood tree. This is so important to me but I cannot keep killing these poor trees!

Imperial County California tree problem cottonwood

1 Response

Thank you for your question. I am sorry for your loss, and appreciate how having a connection between a plant and her can help. I cannot diagnose the problem(s) with the information you submitted, nor this snippet of a photo. The usual reason for a newly planted tree’s decline is that it was not planted correctly and/or that it has received inadequate water. Since I don’t know these facts, I can recommend only that you compare its situation to those needed by the tree in this Extension article, http://www.public.asu.edu/~camartin/plants/Plant%20html%20files/populusfremontii.html, or that you contact your county Extension office, whose webpage is here: http://ceimperial.ucanr.edu/about/contact/ They will need a photo of the entire tree. If this tree, too, has died, follow the planting instructions (for the next attempt) here: https://cals.arizona.edu/yavapai/anr/hort/byg/archive/transplanting.html Good luck!