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Old 07-18-2010, 10:00 PM   #1
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Hello, I have a 9 foot japanese in my yard that was replanted 2 years ago. It is doing great and growing and I water it every other day, but I am having a problem. 90% of the tree looks great, but there are some branches where the leaves have dried up and wilted. The branch itself looks to be alive still, but the leaves are crunchy. Any ideas why this is happening and if it's normal? Thanks

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Where are you located ?

I planted 2 Japanese Maples 2+ years ago
I watered them for a few weeks...haven't watered them since

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Northern NJ. I take it you aren't having any problems with yours.
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If you water the tree every other day, then you may be killing the tree by over watering. The symptoms are similar with under watering and over watering. With over watering, the leaves will turn yellowish and then die- turning brown and crunchy. Even light, frequent watering is not good for most plants- and Japanese Maples do not like wet feet. The tree would be happier if you watered only once every two weeks- but deep watering- a good soaking.
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Ok, thanks for the help
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Hello, I have a 9 foot japanese in my yard
I was going to make a joke about having him join a basketball team.....
but it seems all is under control here, so I won't make jokes.
They wouldn't be funny anyways.

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LOL. I didn't realize that I missed the MAPLE part in the original post.
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Even deep watering once a fortnight is a waste of time. Mulch the surface and never water again. Use woven ground cover or even a sheet of polythene with bark or stones on top to disguise it and hold it down. The amount of water it gets is irrelevant - it needs a constant level of moisture.

The symptoms of over watering and under watering are identical; both will kill roots. Unless you moved it with a rootball of at least four feet diameter and in full dormancy, the roots would also have been damaged when your maple was moved.

At nine feet tall, your maple is obviously quite old and it would take several years to recover from transplanting, even under ideal conditions. You don't say where the damaged leaves are occurring but branches lower down will gradually die back over time.

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Often the larger or higher branches will develop enough foliage to completely shade some inner or lower branches from the sun and then those inner branches will slowly die off.

This appears to be true for Japanese maples and many, but not all species of trees and shrubs.
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I have mulched it. There is one lower branch where the leaves have died and one of the upper branches. The tree is not full enough to block out any sun from other branches. I have stopped watering it, hopefully that will help. Thanks guys.

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