We did the scratch test on the trunk of the tree & it's not dry or brittle. I also contacted the website I ordred it from. They said it should take about 6 weeks to bring it back from it's dormant state. If we don't see any progress in about 3 more weeks I will start to worry. This is the first one we have ever bought. It looks beautiful & it is also the first tree we have tried to grow from a whip.