The.reaper
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Acer problem

lo all
i have a problem with this acer,its been fine for the past 4yrs full of leaves,but this yr this has happened :(

is it dying back?any ideas

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bullthistle
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Sure looks like it compared to the Japanese in front of it.

The.reaper
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yeah the bottom you see is part of the acer
only the bottom and top have come out this yr.

wot should i do trim it or is it a disease or is it just part of the growth and dying back

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Did it have a lot of ice on it this winter? I had one that reacted that way to an ice storm.
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MagnoliaMan
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Not good!

The black I see in the picture looks like canker disease. If so it will spread. This is painful, but if it were mine I would cut it off a good 4-6" below the black discoloration, dipping my clippers in rubbing alcohol or a 10% bleach solution EACH TIME before and between cuts. This sterilization will prevent your clippers from possibly spreading the problem. The alcohol is less corrosive on clippers.
Canker can be caused by bark damage brought about by a late freeze on "softening" bark in the spring and other things that damage the bark (hail, physical scuff, etc.).
Good luck!
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The.reaper
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Re: Not good!

MagnoliaMan wrote:The black I see in the picture looks like canker disease. If so it will spread. This is painful, but if it were mine I would cut it off a good 4-6" below the black discoloration, dipping my clippers in rubbing alcohol or a 10% bleach solution EACH TIME before and between cuts. This sterilization will prevent your clippers from possibly spreading the problem. The alcohol is less corrosive on clippers.
Canker can be caused by bark damage brought about by a late freeze on "softening" bark in the spring and other things that damage the bark (hail, physical scuff, etc.).
Good luck!
MagnoliaMan
thanks very much for the info.
and yes we did have a late winter and snow and a few very hard frost's :(

the trouble is if i cut it, there wont be a lot left as it gone blackesh on the main branch.about half way down ,also it seems funny that the top has leafs but that part of the stem is black:(
oh well will let you know how it gets on

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Chop it back and look into BONSAI, may be very interesting. Just a thought I do hate to see beautiful trees get sick. Whatever you decide I hope you can save it.

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I would go with MagnoliaMan's advice. Don't give up on it just yet. Also, don't overwater or fertilise it (at all this year). Fertilising it would only make it grow too fast and thus more susceptible to disease and insects. Will keep fingers crossed for you. Those Jap. Maples can be more resilient than they appear.
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Re: Not good!

The.reaper wrote:
thanks very much for the info.
and yes we did have a late winter and snow and a few very hard frost's :(

the trouble is if i cut it, there wont be a lot left as it gone blackesh on the main branch.about half way down ,also it seems funny that the top has leafs but that part of the stem is black:(
oh well will let you know how it gets on
If it survives the canker then it should make for a very mice Bonsai. What is the caliper of the trunk?

"Another important aspect of how to prune a bonsai tree is that whatever you do above ground level will also affect what happens to the tree below the ground and vice versa. In other words, if you prune the branches and leaves heavily with no cutting back of the root system, then the following season, the bonsai tree could have an incredible burst of growth as it tries to fix the imbalance. With bonsai, you can allow the root system to be ahead of the foliage and branches but no more than 30%. If you find that you need more root growth, you can move the bonsai tree to a larger container to encourage the roots to spread."

https://www.bonsaigardener.org/how-to-prune-bonsai.html

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