Is my Japanese Red Maple Dead?

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Old 04-13-11, 01:20 PM
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Is my Japanese Red Maple Dead?

Several years ago I planted a red Japanese maple in my backyard. At the time it was probably around eighteen inches high. It seemed to be thriving. It is now something like eight feet tall. This season it started sprouting new leaves. However, after a cold spell, the leaves died and no new ones have sprouted. While the small limbs are not brittle, it is otherwise apparently dead. Should I assume the worst and dig it up and replace it with a new tree or should I see if it comes back to life next season? Thanks.
 
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Old 04-13-11, 02:42 PM
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I'd leave it alone...if it lasted a few years and just got hit with a cold snap when budding...it should recover.
 
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Old 04-13-11, 05:25 PM
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I agree. Japanese red maples are hardy to at least zone 5. Even if you lost some early buds to frost, it should recover.
 
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Old 04-13-11, 09:17 PM
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Thanks gentlemen. I'll follow your advice.
 
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Old 04-14-11, 10:01 AM
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Just got this back from ArborDay.com

I also posed this question to the Arbor Day Foundation. This is their response.

"This can happen during freak frost events and I would scratch the bark on several branches and see if they are dead. If they are, you should remove them. It should sprout again from the roots.

Regards,

Paul W. Knopp
Member Services"

If you are not familiar with them their website is Buy Trees and Learn About Trees - Visit our Online Nursery

For a $15 annual membership fee they will send you a variety of ten seedlings.

Also for questions you can go to this site:

Frequently Asked Questions at arborday.org

I hope this is not considered "advertising". They are a charitable organization that is trying to encourage people to plant trees around the country.
 
 

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