The Q&A Archives: Japanesse Maple

Question: My tree has had leaves drying out for the past 2 months. Half of the leaves are still ok. Is it dying or does it have a disease? It was planted around 3 years ago.

Answer: Japanese maples can sometimes develop crispy leaves in mid-summer. This can be due to sunscald, wind burn, salt build up in the soil, or lack of sufficient water. As long as your tree leafs out normally each spring, the crispy leaves are a sign of environmental or cultural stress. Make sure your maple is getting adequate moistures, especially during the hottest months of the year. Best wishes with your maple!

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