Not quite dead Maple Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Post Falls, Id
Question by itsourturn
June 4, 2010
Last August we planted an October Glory Maple in our front yard. We waited and waited this Spring and no signs of life appeared except a very small leaf on the trunk about 12 inches above the ground. When we dug it up yesterday to replace it, there were what appeared to be suckers growing under the ground so there WAS still life in it. Any idea what the problem was?

Answer from NGA
June 4, 2010


Alive but struggling sounds like either winter damage because your tree was so young, or a drainage problem. Maples will tolerate moist soils but if the soil remains too wet it can suffocate the roots. If the roots didn't appear mushy or foul smelling, I'd vote that the problem was winter kill. Replant a healthy tree now, in the early summer, and it will have a chance to establish its root system and be ready for winter weather. Good luck with your new tree!

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