Japanese Maples forum: Small Japanese maple in trouble!?

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Oct 3, 2017 3:49 PM CST
We recently planted 2 beautiful little maple trees in our front yard and one is not doing well. It is a small Acer Mikawa Yatsubusa. There are several branches with dried up leaves, especially towards the ends (see picture). We planted it about 3 weeks ago and have watered about every 3-4 days. We planted it with mulch as recommended to help with drainage. We're not sure if maybe it's getting too much or too little water or if something else might be to blame. It wasn't a cheap tree and we really want it to thrive, especially as we have a matching one on the other side of the yard that is doing rather well. Any advice?
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
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Oct 6, 2017 2:03 PM CST
Where are you? What kind of exposure does your tree have? Ideally, you would water the tree every day for the first week and then taper off, watering when you have less than 1" of rainfall per week.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Oct 6, 2017 2:07 PM CST
Don't give up hope, Japanese maples are surprisingly resilient. I get a lot of these from my cousin (his scratch n dents) and just water them in well and consistently then wait until the next spring to see what is growing or not. Once you determine a branch is really really dead, just snip it out and let anything still alive grow. Good luck.
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Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Oct 11, 2017 7:36 PM CST
It needs well drained soil and prefers acidic to neutral soil.
Dig down and see how the soil is draining.

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