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Question about Jap. Maple Tree

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by cuttenup, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. cuttenup

    cuttenup LawnSite Member
    from NETN
    Messages: 131

    I installed a Jap. Maple tree about this time last year. The tree is about 3-4 ft tall. We had a cold spell come through this weekend and a some light frost. I covered the tree but sometime during the night the wind blew the cover off and the tree had a light cover of frost on it the next morning. Is this going to kill my tree? It had started blooming before the cold spell now it looks dead.
  2. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    It will likely re-bud out.
  3. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    we have had a dry winter with some real chilly snaps here in there. but I never covered any of our jap maples. and I don't forsee any problems with em. This last cold snap might have hurt some of the buds, but I don't think you see any long term effects. It has been in the ground over a year which helps it case...
  4. packer101

    packer101 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    it should be ok.... most people dont cover them or such atall over the winter and they turn out to be ok it will just rebud
  5. gqnine44

    gqnine44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    Around here it has been FREEZING at night. This is different than FROST. All the sheets in the house wont stop a freeze.

    Your trees will be fine.
  6. tjsquickcuts

    tjsquickcuts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 943

    Same thing happened to most my Accounts who have Jap Maples....The past 4 days we have been 30 or below, and even set record both friday and saturday for lows.....While I was out today, notice that most of my Jap Maples were bitten, and losing leaves....but called my supplier today, and he told me not to worry, everything will be fine, but they are going to lose some leaves....So I would say dont worry about it....JMO.....
  7. Bustus

    Bustus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 181

    Up here in the north many people leave them over the winters without cover and they are fine.
  8. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    The buds may have frozen but the tree will be fine.
  9. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Messages: 1,818

    The trees are always fine over the course of a regular winter but this year has been different. Its not the cold that hurts them, its the changing temps all the time. I was going to ask the same question about our JM bc it starting coming out with the 2 week spell of 70 degrees in mid march and now is looking pretty sick from having a week in the freezing at night.

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