Does this fit overwatering? This is a seedling apricot. Last year I did not necessarily notice a problem (but was not paying attention) and then late in the fall I noticed that the branches looked not just dormant, but dead, with peripheral twigs that were dry and brittle. Irrigation drip emitter was broken, though I never noticed excess water in that area. I had noticed poor growth but did not notice wilting that I recall.
I suspected overwatering (or fungus?) so I raked away the base down to top roots, giving it some air. 2 months later and to my relief, it has some living shoots.
Symptoms: died from outside in, tips were brittle dead twigs easily broken off. More centrally it is somewhat alive.
I did remove scion to graft it and unfortunately the cambium is brown, not green. Thanks for your thoughts and recommendations.
-I had a similar problem with blueberries, which I did not think I was overwatering because the citrus and cherries around them were fine with the same water.
-I have a well in southern California, which has triple the solute of our municipal water. My plants do okay with it but it is a lot more salt.