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Japanese Maple Problem

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by procut, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,853

    This is a Japanese Maple that I'm told has been established about 8 to 10 years. Each year it starts out great, but come about June, many of the leaves discolor and look "dried out" or "dead" We're in zone 5, but the tree is realitivly protected during the winter months on the north side of the house. Any ideas on what exactly this is and/or what could be done to remidy it? Thanks!

    japmaple1.jpg
     
  2. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,853

    A better view...............

    japmaple2.jpg
     
  3. Merlin300

    Merlin300 LawnSite Member
    from Zone 5
    Posts: 156

    Do you have pic of the whole tree and the surrounding landscape?
     
  4. EA Quinn

    EA Quinn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393

    was this transplanted from another place or planted there from day one?
     
  5. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,899

    It looks like salt burn to me. Does it get any effluent water? If it is salt burn try some citric acid or some of bills organic teas.
     
  6. h400exinfl

    h400exinfl LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 106

    Are they watering from above in the hot sun?
     
  7. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Posts: 894

    Mine got burned by some salty air and looks just like that. Thought it was protected enough but we had a storm and it turned out looking likr this. The new leaves are ok.
     
  8. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Posts: 3,556

    I have the same exact problem, however the tree is really mature, and about 20-25ft tall.
    Limbs are dying, rapidly too. Anything I can do? Last year it looked great, this year it looks terrible.
     
  9. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,853

    It was transplanted from the east cost, (Possibly New Jersey) so I am told. Its in a residential setting, and I don't believe there is any salt used on the drive in the winter.

    Tomorrow I'll get a pic of the whole tree and suroundings.
     
  10. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 663

    How about lack of water? Jap Maples in sunny or windy areas will exhibit these symptoms when there is not enough moisture available. The drought stress will predispose the tree to disease problems. Make sure the root zone is covered with mulch and water thoroughly once a week.
     

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