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Elberta Peach Tree
I transplanted a three year old elberta peach tree from one end of the yard to the other in october. took 4 feet of root ball with me. now in the spring it budded but that was it They all dried up and went away. is the tree in shock or did I kill it?
Fruit trees are best transplanted when they are completely dormant. In cold climates, late winter or early spring is best. In your area, late fall should be a good time to transplant them. It sounds as though you took a good sized root ball so that the roots shouldn't have been disturbed excessively.
If damage has occurred to the main trunk or roots of the tree, it's common for the tree to leaf out in spring, then die back when warmer, drier weather arrives. The damage could have been from trunk borers (insects) or perhaps physical damage to the trunk from rabbits chewing the bark, in addition to transplant shock.