MAPLE TREE - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by DJAMMINJ1
May 5, 2010
WE BOUGHT A MAPLE TREE (BURGUNDY) FROM HOME DEPOT A FEW WEEKS AGO. ACTUALLY TWO OF THEM. ONE OF THE TREES LEAVES HAVE TURNED BROWN DRY AND LOOKS LIKE IT IS DYEING. IT SITS IN THE SUN, BOTH DO BUT DONT KNOW WHY IT IS LOOKING LIKE THIS. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS WRONG


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Answer from NGA
May 5, 2010

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Some trees can suffer from transplant shock, no matter how careful you are in planting. They look puny until the root system establishes itself and then usually puts out new growth. To complicate matters, if a tree was growing in a shaded area in the nursery and you planted it in full sun, the leaves can suffer sunburn and they will drop. Subsequent leaves the tree develops in full sunshine will be able to tolerate full sun. So, it may be just a matter of weeks before your new tree perks up. I'd give it a chance to adjust before throwing in the towel. Water your trees deeply once or twice a week (depending upon weather) to help them establish. If the tree still looks puny at the end of the summer, you can replace it with a healthy new specimen. Fall will be a good time to plant a tree if you need to replace yours. Hope your maple perks up soon!

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