The Q&A Archives: Crimson King Fails to Bloom

Question: Two years ago I planted a Crimson King Red Maple. That year, it bloomed and looked wonderful. But last winter, the tree began to bud early--perhaps becasue it was very mild. But then there was a cold snap, and the tree looked as if it had been frozen in time. All summer, the tiny buds never developed into leaves. WhenI scratched the bark, the tree was still green underneath. When I mentioned this to a friend, she said it could be "Wilt?" I've never heard of this. Is this symptomatic of Wilt? What, if anything, can I do to save the tree?

Answer: Maples can be subject to any number of problems. Unfortunately, based on your description it is impossible to determine what exactly happened to your tree but to be honest if it never leafed out last summer I suspect it may be dead. You might wish to consult with your County Extension (727-7850) and perhaps show them a representative bud and branch sample to see if they can give you a positive diagnosis and suggested remedy, if any. I'm sorry about your tree.

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