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Japanese Maple trouble


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From:Date:Zone:
Kat17-Jun-04 04:43 PM EST 3a   
Patricia18-Jun-04 08:06 PM EST 5   
Roger20-Jun-04 05:27 PM EST 5a   
Roger20-Jun-04 05:27 PM EST 5a   
Kat21-Jun-04 06:59 PM EST 3a   
marion10-Jul-04 07:34 PM EST 5   


Subject: Japanese Maple trouble
From: Kat
Zone: 3a
Date: 17-Jun-04 04:43 PM EST

Last year I planted a tri-coloured Japanese maple. This year the top (which last year was full of lacy leaves) is barron and brown, but there is tons of new growth shoots around and up the trunk. Should I prune off all the brown and hope that new growth moves to the top? I am such a newbie! I don't want to kill the tree! I cut off some of the 'suckers' earlier in the spring, but they just keep coming. How do I make my tree pretty again? ANY help would be most appreciated! Thank you!!!


Subject: RE: Japanese Maple trouble
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 18-Jun-04 08:06 PM EST

Kat: Wow! you are a brave gardener to plant a Japanese maple in Zone 3A. I have never dared grow one, and I'm in Zone 5. It sounds like the "top" part died back and the "sides" are trying to make up for it by producing new shoots. The books and web sites I checked recommend this tree Acer Palmatum for Zones 5 to 8. So again, be glad it survived the winter. If you have need of more advice, I suggest you talk to the nursery you bought the tree from. Many good nurseries at least agree to reimburse you if the purchase does not last one full year. Good luck!


Subject: RE: Japanese Maple trouble
From: Roger
Zone: 5a
Date: 20-Jun-04 05:27 PM EST

Kat: Do not despair!! I planted a japanese maple last year in zone 5a and it showed very little life throughout the whole year. This past winter was extremely bad for freezing out shrubs and trees and the spring is very late. Guess what?? my japanese maple is showing great life this year. Go figure.


Subject: RE: Japanese Maple trouble
From: Roger
Zone: 5a
Date: 20-Jun-04 05:27 PM EST

Kat: Do not despair!! I planted a japanese maple last year in zone 5a and it showed very little life throughout the whole year. This past winter was extremely bad for freezing out shrubs and trees and the spring is very late. Guess what?? my japanese maple is showing great life this year. Go figure.


Subject: RE: Japanese Maple trouble
From: Kat
Zone: 3a
Date: 21-Jun-04 06:59 PM EST

Hey guys, thanks for the great advice, and cheer up! :) I bought the tree at Crappy Tire...so no good advice there. I decided to hack off the brown/dead bits, and a lot of the suckers. I left the ones near the top, hoping that it becomes tree-like again soon. It was such a pretty little tree last year, I hope it comes back. Thanks again, and keep the great advice coming. I'll let you know how it goes! :)


Subject: RE: Japanese Maple trouble
From: marion
Zone: 5
Date: 10-Jul-04 07:34 PM EST

when do we prune an old (20 yr) japanese maple for shape - never been pruned before


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