Shaina Losing Leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Bothell, WA
Question by steflaw1
November 5, 2001
I bought my Shaina Jap. Maple about a month and a half ago. I am growing my Shaina in a large pot recommended to me by a Gray Barn specialist. I have followed all instructions to the key except the watering schedule. Reason has been pouring down rain for the last two maybe three weeks and I didn't want to over water. Problem is...the leaves are almost completely falling off. I wasn't aware that this type of tree would lose all of its leaves in the winter. I am worried.... If this is the normal behavior of this type of tree then that is fine I just want to know if I am doing something to cause this reaction....

Thank you!!!

Answer from NGA
November 5, 2001


Acer palmatum 'Shaina' is a dwarf Japanese maple with bright red new foliage which matures to a deep maroon-red. It is deciduous, meaning the leaves will fall off at the end of the season. The branching pattern is attractive throughout the winter season, and new foliage will emerge in early spring. Continue to give your tree good care and it will reward you with seasonal beauty for many years to come.

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