The Q&A Archives: Wilting Leaves On Newly Planted Crimson King Maple

Question: We bought and planted an 11 foot tall 3 inch trunk crimson king maple from a local nursery. The tree was burlap balled. Our soil is primarily clay. The hole was approximately 10 inches bigger aroung that the tree. Burlap was loosened around the trunk and slits cut in burlap ball. Top soil and humus 50/50 mixed around tree. Half of hole was filled, watered and remainder of hole filled and watered throughly. It has been 12 days since the tree was planted. It has been watered throughly twice since them. The leaves are severly wilted and some have brown spots. Very few leaves have fallen from the tree. What should we do ?

Answer: Based on your description it is difficult to say what is wrong with your tree. It could be that the moisture is not penetrating the original soil root ball, or it could be puddling in the planting hole and over saturating the roots. There could also be additional stress such as a weather induced fungal disease complicating the problem. Transplanting (and the transportation) can be stressful on trees. Sinc ethe tree is brand new, you might want to consult with the nursery where you bought the tree, especially if there is a warranty involved.

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