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Mar 16, 2017
49 posts

Tree does not bud

The builder planted a tree last fall, it was well-taken care of during winter. However, it shows no sign of budding till now.

This tree is called "Ostrya Virginiana", I checked all the trees of the same spacie in the neighborhood it appears none of them are budding.

Is that normal or the tree is simply dying?

Thanks a lot!
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4 replies
May 28, 2012
11144 posts
If the branches are pliable and doesn't look dry and brittle if you scrape a bit of bark from it, then the tree just needs more time to come out of dormancy.
Deal Expert
Feb 7, 2017
15459 posts
Eastern Ontario
See you are new, so welcome to RFD.

Where do you live ?
(Ya might want to update your RFD Profile info... so some sort of location shows with all your posts (see mine is Eastern Ontario, and @Mars2012 says Saskatoon ... makes answering these types of questions easier ... less back & forth, as members are from all parts of Canada)

It’s been a crazy Spring weatherwise across Canada

Some places it’s been warm since March
While others it’s been cool & damp
Like here in Eastern Ontario
Where it’s been UNSEASONABLY chilly
(Single & Low double digits C ... rarely above 60 F)
Everything is behind here by about 3 weeks
Ottawa Tulip Festival was pretty much a wash out / bust this year
With few flowers ... cuz we are so far behind

My trees are just now coming into bud
And that’s the early ones
Lots more still to come

Could be the case where you are too

PS... and if it all the trees, then it’s a indicator of the species’ habits
Not just that your own tree is dead
Deal Fanatic
Dec 5, 2009
5655 posts
Some trees bud later than others. Especially with this cold spring. Give it another couple of weeks and you should see buds.