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New Peach it dead?

I purchased an Elberta Peach tree in January; they said it was safe to plant any time. I live in zone 7 - northcentral Arizona. I kept it on the patio for several weeks and watered it. I put it in the ground about a month ago and this tree looks EXACTLY like it did the day I bought it. I put in a spike/fertizer for fruit trees. There are NO new buds, growth, leaves, or anything. How do I determine if it is dead? What can I do?
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The best way to tell if a tree is still alive is to see if the branches are still pliable. If, when you bend them, the snap off it's not a good sign. You can also take a small knife and scrape away a little bark. If you don't see any green it's likely the tree is dead. If you think it's dead I'd talk to who you bought it from about their returns policy.

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