The Q&A Archives: Dark Red Leaves Turning Brown And Falling.

Question: In February 2002, I purchased and planted a Japanese Maple grown by your growers. It bloomed and produced beautiful dark red, purplish leaves. In April the tips of the leaves started turning tanish brown. This color progressed to encompas the whole leave and now the leaves are falling off.
The tree is planted in a yard and receives morning sun.
The root ball is moist since it receives water from the yard.
Please assist me in saving this wonderful tree.

Thank you.

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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