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Heat damaged fruit tree

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The extreme hot weather in Adelaide has burnt all the leaves on my dwarf nectarine tree. What should I do to help it recover or is it a lost cause? I’ve given it a deep water, and I’m considering pruning it, is this the right course of action or will it just hasten it’s demise?
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25th January 2019 3:51pm
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jakfruit etiquette says...
Those leaves look very very dry. I would check if the wood is dead or alive. Starting as high up as possible, scrape or nick the bark and see if its still green underneath. If not go lower till you find green, or not. If green ie alive it should sprout some leaves this year, but may not fully recover till it flushes next spring. It looks like there might be some green twigs? Im not sure I would prune, it should fully flush from green wood next season, if not sooner. I would also check the root ball of the tree, to see if damp, or completly dry.
Its still early in summer, so consider protecting from sunburn till the leaves grow back.
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Original Post was last edited: 25th January 2019 9:25pm
Markmelb says...
I agree with you - do a light tip pune below a bud and hopefully it will come back ok next spring.
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David01 says...
Hi Hmjs,

Just wait for a few weeks to see any sign of new shoots or recovery. No pruning at this stage. Meanwhile just water it to keep the soil moist. Cheers
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Hmjs says...
Thank you very much
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Hmjs says...
Thank you very much. The leaves are very dry but not crunchy. There are some thin green shoots, so it’s not completely lost yet. I did try to shade it but to no avail
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27th January 2019 11:39am
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Hmjs says...
Thank you very much. I’ll give it a couple of weeks and reassess. Hopefully we won’t get another heatwave as bad as that one. 47 on my verandah.
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