Answer: The leaves of Japanese maples are quite sensitive to sun and wind, so some burning of the tips can happen during any given season. More likely the problem is transplanting stress. During this adjustment period the tree may lose many leaves. As soon as the roots become established in their new home, new growth will begin and the tree will replace the lost leaves. Continue to give your new tree a thorough soaking once each week (trees need about 1 inch of water per week; allow it to percolate slowly down to wet the entire root mass), and it will perk up and begin to recover from its recent transplanting.
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