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I planted 19 baby trees in mid-June (which may seem late but we had a late winter here my in zone 3B area).  I am in high mountain desert (5300'). The hazelnut, butternut and 4 of the 6 evergreen trees look good.  A couple of the oak trees (northern red, white and bur) have leafed out, but the rest made buds that have never opened and the red maples did not even form buds. All were dormant when I planted them.  As it's very dry here, I water every other day until they have a couple of inches standing in their 2' perimeter bowl.  It seemed sufficient for the ones doing well, but I am now wondering what to do for the rest or if it's already too late.  Do all dormant trees leaf out the first year?  HELP! Thanks, MarcieS
 
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Good question, I don't know either. I'll bump this so perhaps someone wiser will tell us :)
 
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Try scraping through the outer bark with your thumbnail.  If there is a wet green layer between the wood and the bark, it is alive.  If it's all brown or totally dry and brittle it is dead.
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