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Catherineduchess
Jul 23, 2017 7:54 PM CST
My neighbor sprayed his weeping mulberry with a fungicide. My maple seemed to be growing well and had leafed out and set seeds but the leaves all turned brown and shriveled up. Could it be because of drift from that rather than from wind and dryness?
The local nursery states there are no known diseases and indicated that perhaps the root system is not developed enough to support it.
The tree was planted a year ago May and is currently approx. 8-9 feet high. The trunk and branches seem to be still green and pliable and I have been keeping it hydrated hoping it will rebound.

What else can I do?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 23, 2017 8:47 PM CST
Welcome!

Probably nothing. The fungicide should not have harmed your tree but have you, like the rest of the continent, been suffering through a heat wave? Maples often suffer from wind and heat in the late summer. They do best with a little afternoon shade.

Tree tops and tree bottoms support eachother. So it would not have grown more top unless the roots were capable of supporting the growth. If the limbs and bark are still healthy, I would continue to care for it as you have been and wait for it to leaf out again.

You can easily tell if a branch is still alive by scratching it. If the tissue under the bark is green, your tree is alive and well. If brown or hard, that branch is dead.
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