red leaf maple - Knowledgebase Question

lehi, Ut
Question by mandmsw
March 23, 2010
planted 3 yrs ago but has only grown approx 2 ft. top not producing leafs but not dead. not branching out very much. deep water in summer but very slow growth, any suggestions?

Answer from NGA
March 23, 2010


Maples can be rather slow growing but yours sounds like it is really struggling. It's important to water your tree deeply once each week from spring through fall and feed it each spring (use an 8-8-8 or 10-10-10). Pruning it back a little in the spring should encourage new growth so give that a try. If there's no improvement this year, you might consider digging and planting your maple in another part of the garden. Full sunshine and well draining soil is the best place for your tree. If your soil is not well draining you might want to mound up some soil and plant your maple on the mound. This will make it easier for the roots to venture out into the ground. The more extensive the root system, the more branch and top growth you'll see on your tree. Best wishes with your maple.

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