The Q&A Archives: Japanese Maple Wilt

Question: We lost a Japanese Maple "Red Filligree Lace" last season to some kind of leaf curl. I'd like to replant, but I'm<br>afraid of losing another specimen. Can you tell me how to<br>treat this kind of infection ?

Answer: Many maples are susceptible to a disease called verticillium wilt. It affects the entire vascular system and results in the death of the tree. Verticillium is a soilborne fungus that's almost impossible to eradicate. You may want to find a replacement tree other than a maple if you want to replant in the same spot.

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