Southdakotan
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Location: Rapid City South Dakota

Will our plum tree come back?

We purchased and planted a 7' plum tree in the middle of April (from a local nursery). It had leaves on it when we planted it and within two weeks, it began to blossom out and show signs of further growth. One night during the last week of May, we had a frost and all the blossoms AND leaves dropped or shriveled and now the tree looks completely dormant with no signs of budding or new growth whatsoever. Can anyone tell me if our plum tree will likely snap out of it and begin to "regrow" this year or possibly next? Or at what point should we decide to replace it? We planted an apple and a peach tree at the same time and they did just fine through the frost.
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Pebbles
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Location: Lancashire UK

I don't know the answer to your question but I would have thought that something of 7' high would be strong and sturdy enough to cope with bad temperatures.

I too planted an 8' victoria plum tree only a couple of weeks ago, however, we have not been subjected to any frost.

If it doesn't show signs of improvement this year, don't give up on it, because it just might come to life in the next year spring season.

I had a small grape vine which I planted under my cherry tree in the garden. Over out winter period we had freezing to minus 8. It looked completely dead come the following January February (this year). However, I bought a greenhouse, dug up the vine, planted it in the greenhouse and I now have about 8 small bunches of grapes on it.

Keep your fingers crossed it will survive but has just undergone a shock with the frost.

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