The Q&A Archives: care for Emperor 1 Japanese Maple

Question: I have an Emperor 1 Japanese Maple. I planted it in the southeast quadrant of my yard. It gets full afternoon sun. The leaves keep getting burned. At least that is what I think is happening. Are the leaves supposed to be kept dry during watering? I will appreciate any feedback that can salvage the tree. Thanks, Tim

Answer: Japanese maples need protection from hot afternoon sunshine or the leaf margins will look scorched. They prefer to grow in the filtered shade of larger trees, but full shade in the afternoon is acceptable, as well. It helps prevent fungal diseases if you keep water off the leaves. Try directing the water towards the roots of the tree rather than the canopy or trunk. Although scorched leaves are unattractive, they won't affect the health of your tree. Japanese maples provide all-year interest. Young spring growth is glowing red; summer leaves are soft green; fall foliage is scarlet, orange, or yellow.

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