Japanese Maple - Knowledgebase Question

Fort Walton Beach, Fl
Question by flagirl1964
June 30, 2010
I planted this tree in March when it was deep burgundy. Three months later and the color has faded to slightly green or rust. Many leaves are dead on the tip with a few leaves completely curled/dead. A River Birch tree was planted nearby at the same time, but the maple receives mostly full sun. I live in the NWFLA panhandle. Has our hot summer sun burned it? Can this tree be saved?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


Japanese maples can be sensitive to hot summer sunshine. What you're describing are classic symptoms of sunscald. I'd move the tree this fall or winter to a site that's shadier and more protected from the hot summer sun. Good luck with your maple!

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