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Japanese maple was fine last week -- now what the heck is wrong?

Posted by jayco 5b NY (My Page) on
Sat, May 12, 12 at 20:15

Went away for a week and today my Japanese maple looks BAD.

It's about 6 years old, around 8 feet tall, never anything but healthy and vigorous. Today was the first time I found it ailing. The other four around it (different cultivars) are all fine.

Any idea what the trouble is and what I should do? Thanks!

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RE: Japanese maple was fine last week -- now what the heck is wro

Most likely frost damage, but could also be some kind of (bacterial?) leaf spot, I guess. But, I say most likely frost.


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RE: Japanese maple was fine last week -- now what the heck is wro

Oh, thank you, that is something I didn't even consider, but it makes sense. We had that freakish super-early spring with temps 20-30 degrees above normal, and then a few nights of hard frost about 3 weeks ago.

Would it take a few weeks for the damage to show up like that?

Thanks again.


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RE: Japanese maple was fine last week -- now what the heck is wro

if it stays cool after a frost [days int eh 50's lets say] .. then it might not become 'apparent' .. until the air temps spike.. actually drying the dead tissue ...

its frost damage.. not a secondary leaf spot ...

ken


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RE: Japanese maple was fine last week -- now what the heck is wro

Thanks very much, good to know.

Am I correct to suppose there's nothing I can do, and that the tree will just look bad this year, but be fine?


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RE: Japanese maple was fine last week -- now what the heck is wro

Well, you can go out there with a pair of scissors and cut off the dead tips :-)


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RE: Japanese maple was fine last week -- now what the heck is wro

Lucky for me my eyesight is not that good anymore.... ;)


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