Japanese Maple - Crimson Queen - Knowledgebase Question

Milwaukee, Wi
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Question by suze_adamsmo
July 18, 2010
I've had my japanese maple for 6 years and this past winter alot of the branches are dried out but it is still growing in some areas. Can I save it?

Answer from NGA
July 18, 2010
I'm not sure why your tree is developing dead branches - winter kill, perhaps? I'd prune off the dead branches and wait for your tree to develop healthy new branches in their places. Double check to make sure there are no signs of diseases within the wood of the branches. Try splitting one long-ways to make sure there are no dark streaks in the wood. If so, that's a symptom of Verticillium wilt which can be fatal to maples. I hope it's just winter damage rather than a disease that's killing the branches!

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