|We just purchased a Coral Maple from a local Nursery about a week ago that seemed in really good health. In the past week, it rained moderately for 6 out of the 7 days. After a full sunny day, the leaves have appeared to be dried out despite all the rain it received. We plan to return it for a refund but what could have caused it to turn so suddenly? Temperatures have been in the high mid to high 80's and very humid.
Lindbergs, new coral maple tree owners.
Transplant shock from damage to the roots in the planting process, drying out of the roots or even soggy soil conditions. When it rains that much the planting hole can become an "underground bathtub" which excludes oxygen from the roots causing them to shut down and even die. Thus the top looks like drought conditions because the roots can't take up moisture and nutrients. This is an especially rapid decline in hot weather conditions.
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