trees with no leaves = dead?

    I have 2 Tupelos I got this year from a shade tree program. 1 is bigger than the other. The smaller one had all of its leaves fall off a few weeks ago, while the other one (bigger) still has most of its leaves, although a bit less green.
    Is the smaller one dead if it sheds all of its leaves?
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You don't indicate where you live, but if it is anywhere in the norhern hemisphere, a tupelo shedding its leaves now is perfectly normal. I'd be more concerned about the one that is still retaining foliage.
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Scratch the bark if you can with a finger nail and if it's green, it is alive. I live in Texas and still have to be aware of drought in winter. We've had very little rain this year. I believe we've had 20 inches all year. Trees and shrubs can survive, but I'd prefer they thrive. Making sure you deeply water newly planted trees for the first few years is imperative. I continue to water mine about ten feet in and out of the drip line on mature specimen trees. On smaller trees I planted within the last several years, I water at the drip line very slowly, all year. If your region freezes (the soil I'm talking about) I would recommend a very deep watering a week or so before the first expected frost date, and if it warms up again, another deep watering before winter...if you live in a drought condition as I do.
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Well don;'t do what I did when I bought my first house in the country out in the middle of nowhere when I was in Pennsylvania. I moved into it in late November, and snow was already on the ground. It was totally surounded by large needleless pines trees. The entire property line had all these stark naked trees without a needle, and these trees were planted 4 or 5 deep in rows. Any fool knows a pine tree does not loose all of its needles. I got my backhoe and chain and spent 2 days pulling them all out, and heaping them in a corner of the property. Big old pile of dead pines to put a match to some day. I was getting low on fuel and had a couple more to go, but figured I would get them at a later date. Spring time rolls around, , huh? whats this, those dead pines are coming back to life that I did not remove. How could this be. I like a fool ripped out larch trees! Yes, you can call me a dumb_________ (fill in the blank to your own likeing)
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