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pinkruffles
Jul 8, 2017 3:00 PM CST
About 3 years ago I bought a Takinogawa Japonicum (full moon) Japanese maple tree. I put it in a pot, but this year I decided to plant it in the ground. Soon after I planted it deer started munching on the leaves. When the new leaves came in at those munched- on places they were a completely different shape--not the pretty half circle shape that they had before. Can someone explain to me what has happened, and if it's possible to get the full moon shaped leaves on this tree once again? Thank you so much for your help!!
Also, this does not seem to be a case of the different leaves appearing below a graft--the different shaped leaves have appeared above the graft, at all the places where the original leaves were eaten off by the deer. There are still a few of the moon shaped leaves at various places on the tree, but all the new leaves are a 5 lobed dissected serrated type of leaf.
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DaisyI
Jul 8, 2017 4:50 PM CST
I wonder if Taki no gawa was developed from a sport and the stress of having all the leaves munched is causing it to revert. If that is the case, you need to keep ahead of those reverting leaves - pick them off as soon as you see them. They will be much more vigorous than the Full Moon leaves.
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Bonehead
Jul 8, 2017 5:08 PM CST
How big are your deer, and what is the growth pattern of your tree? Maples can take a lot of pruning. You may be able to reshape your tree to eliminate branching within the reach of your deer and perhaps plant a 'catch crop' at the foot of the maple with something deer really like (lettuce or other greens?) to distract them from the maple. It is my general understanding that maples are not high on a deer's taste list, although they will nibble on just about anything. And, yes, snip off all leaves that are not true to form. I had a very badly pruned 'Butterfly' maple that had almost completely reverted to plain jane, but after a couple years of diligently cutting off the green leaves and dead branches, it has now recovered back to its intended form and is flourishing. Yay!
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Frillylily
Jul 8, 2017 5:20 PM CST
the deer ate my japanese maple down, gave up. They don't bother my regular maple trees though Shrug!
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Bonehead
Jul 8, 2017 5:26 PM CST
Sorry to hear that. I gave my son 3 J. maples that are hopefully big enough to withstand his constant deer browsing. His deer are pretty small, not sure what they are.
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