I have a young oak tree (ETA: It is a White Oak) that has been in its current location for 7 or 8 years. This year it is very late leafing out. In fact, it has only just started getting leaves in the past week. All of the other trees in the neighborhood (including mature and immature oaks) have been fully leafed out for about 2 weeks now. Reasons I've considered:
- The tree does not seem to be located in a frost pocket. This is the first year it has leafed out significantly later than the other trees.
- We did have several late spring frosts/freezes - but again, no other trees in the vicinity seem to have been affected to this extent.
- When looking at the tree, I see no obvious signs of disease or injury. The bark is intact, I see no damage to the trunk or roots.
What am I missing? Or is the most likely explanation simply that it was more susceptible to the late frost than my other trees?