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#37934 July 11th, 2005 at 12:50 AM
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I have a Purple Smoke tree/bush, about three years old.
Every year - late spring, it gets the "flurry/smokey" things on the end of the limbs; but only for a week or so. then tey schrival up and die off. The rest of the tree remains healthy and the leaves are pretty, but no "smoke"
I'm in zone 5 and the soil is clay and moist; but when I planted it, we used top soil to fill in the hole.
Any ideas? idea
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Susan

#37935 July 11th, 2005 at 02:53 AM
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Hi there, I'm going to go ahead and move this to the plants and flowers forum where it will get more replies.....

Glad to have you here!

Laura

#37936 July 11th, 2005 at 11:29 AM
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Maybe it is too wet.

The fall color is one of my favorites, regardless of the flowers.

#37937 July 11th, 2005 at 07:02 PM
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HI wavey susan the "flurry/smokey" things are where the plants get there name from a distance they look like a puff of smoke.they do not bloom very long but are very pretty while in bloom.so i would think your plants are healthy.they do not actualy "smoke".hope this helps your friend in gardening.mike57 wavey flw flw

#37938 July 12th, 2005 at 12:15 AM
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Susan,

You did the right thing by putting good soil into the planting hole.

But, when you plant in heavy clay, you are essentially making a giant pot. The clay drains so slowly that it is like a large planter with a very small drainage hole, holding the water.

When I plant in such conditions, I fill the bottom 6" or so of the hole with gravel & sand to allow water to drain away from the roots.


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