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Old 04-28-2011, 09:43 PM   #1
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I have a Japanese Maple that I replanted a few years ago and lived and grew, but this past year I think it got too much water and looked like it died because the leaves shriveled and never really fell all the way off. I have 2 other Japanese Maples and one that I replanted in the fall that have leaves already, but this one only has a few little leaves growing at the base, but no buds on the branches and it looks like the trunk is cracked. Any idea if this tree is alive? Thanks
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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Doesn't look like it. Mine just started sprouting this week.

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looks like something happened and all but the bottom 2 inches died. if ya find a mature japanese maple you should be able to find saplings near by, mine put them off like they're weeds.
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Scrape the back with your fingernail or a knife If you see some green then there is life
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Bend a branch and see if there is any flexibility. If it just snaps on you, chances are that at least to that point it is a goner.

What happened to the trunk? That looks nasty.
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Bend a branch and see if there is any flexibility. If it just snaps on you, chances are that at least to that point it is a goner.

What happened to the trunk? That looks nasty.
The beaches do have flexibility. I have no idea what happened to it. I was thinking that it was just natural from the tree growing.
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The [branches] do have flexibility. I have no idea what happened to it. I was thinking that it was just natural from the tree growing.
Patience then.

The Japanese Maples I had in California were very a different variety, much smaller and delicate. They never dropped their leaves until the new ones formed.

That trunk split still worries me. Keep an eye on it and wrap or fill it if it starts attracting insects or doing strange things.
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Dead is dead. If it does not sprout out in a week, it is gone.

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