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Jul 23, 2017 8:19 PM CST

I planted this Japanese maple tree and followed instructions to a T. Mulched the soil, dug a wide hole, and I keep the soil drained and not over moisturized. However, I think it is getting more sun than i anticipated. New leaves are blooming and it is growing. However, the leaves look like they are dying at extremities. And I think I see white patches on the leaves. Please see the photos and give me some advice.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jul 23, 2017 8:40 PM CST

Vienna in Virginia? Vienna in Austria? I'll assume Virginia...

Yes, your tree is getting sunburned. And I'm sure you did follow instructions to a T. But, one instruction was left out: The nursery where this tree grew to this size was probably very shady. Your lawn is very sunny. The tree should have been introduced to its new sunny home slowly - it might take a couple weeks. The good news is that it will probably adapt.

The way to tell is by watching the new leaves. Are they also sunburning? If so, you will have to move the tree. If the new leaves look good with no burning, it will adapt.
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Name: Deb
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Jul 23, 2017 9:06 PM CST
You could also try to rig up some sort of shade device for the late afternoon sun - umbrella, tarp? I find Japanese maples to be pretty forgiving - they will take a beating and come back strong the next season. Pretty tenacious plants. My cousin has a J. maple collection and he often gifts me his 'scratch-n-dent' trees which are pretty sad looking at the get go but usually recover completely in a year or two.
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Jul 24, 2017 12:45 AM CST
Thank you I will keep an eye on the new leaves. And yes it's Vienna, Virginia, my apologies.

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