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Article: Stressed or Damaged Trees and Shrubs: Save or Replace?: Japanese Red Maple

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Bath, PA

May 14, 2010
11:31 AM

Post #7792688

This tree is probably less than 10 years old. was planted by prior owner. looked fine until this year when it appears about 2\3 of the tree has no leaves & looks dead. It is on top of a slope away from street & we have not used any chemicals. Just puzzeling.
Uncasville, CT
(Zone 6a)

May 15, 2010
6:06 AM

Post #7794362

Hi Alegria316,

Once established, most Japanese maples are fairly sturdy. You don't say if this is a full-sized tree or one of the dwarf varieties.

I suspect that, given your location, the tree suffered some winter damage and what you're seeing is probably death of those parts of the tree that have no leaves at this point.

If this is a full-size tree, you should have an arborist look at it. If it's a dwarf variety, here's a link to some information about JM's.

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