Question about young maple tree

neptune24April 9, 2012

I have a 4-foot maple tree that I planted at the end of November. It's definitely alive, and has some small buds on it, but is being extremely slow to open up those buds. Most of the other trees/plants in the area leafed out a good while ago. Is that anything to be concerned about?

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I'd say that your tree is in trouble. I'd evaluate the site first, in order to determine that the soil and drainage are suitable for healthy plants. Then I'd go over the planting and post planting procedures. Of course, we'd like to know if this is a container grown tree or field grown, and any other information you might have.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2012 at 6:58AM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Wait till June. If it isn't fully leafed, it's a gonner.


    Bookmark   April 9, 2012 at 7:55AM
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rhizo_1, I actually planted another maple tree in the same place last June, and it looked great for about a month and a half, but then died. Since we had a very hot summer, that might have been the reason. Anyway, maybe I shouldn't have used the same location, but I didn't have a lot of choices. There are a lot of pine trees nearby, and they've been doing fine for years, so hopefully the soil and drainage are at least adequate. I got the tree from a nursery and planted it into the ground right away in Nov. Thanks for the info--I'll just give it a little more time.

gardener365, OK, thanks, I can wait till June. I have a feeling that it will be okay, but I just don't quite understand why it's being so slow.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 2:10AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

trees should be planted dormant [no leaves] .. in the proper planting season .. for wherever you are ... ah.. GA ...

as an e.g. ... in my MI .. trees are planted.. naked [the trees not me] .. about right now ... 6 to 8 to 10 weeks.. before the heat of summer hits ... giving them time to grow some roots.. to be able to move water.. when the real heat hits ... and in the meantime.. w/o leaves.. they dont suffer as badly ....

so .. planting in june .. in GA .. was a bit late ... and it doesnt surprise me.. that it gave up the ghost ...

good luck with the other


    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 7:47AM
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Thanks, Ken. I'm glad you don't plant your trees while naked. ;)

Yes, this time my maple tree has had a lot more time to adjust, so hopefully it will be fine.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 7:31AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i would not be a pretty site.. lol ...

timing is everything.. with success .. when dealing with trees ...

good luck


    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 7:56AM
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Thanks, Ken.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 7:21AM
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