phred
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Mature Japanese Maple suddenly dead pics taken 5/06/09 AM

Hi
I have moved to virginia and have become my daughter's "yard boy" which I am delighted to do.

She has a mature Japanese Maple in her front yard that is probably 30+ years old...beautiful tree. Approximately 18 feet tall and very broad. It has decided not to bloom this spring and it has for the last couple of years I have been here. I laid some combination broad leaf killer with an area fertilizer in the area in March but not within the drip line of the tree. We had two fairly deep freezes before which I swear i noticed some "coming out."

In my looking around these are hearty trees and pretty hard to kill. The limbs still have some flexibility and there appears to be some, moisture. I see no borers or insects in the area and nothing is dead around it.

Do or can these things die suddenly? Or some how have i committed a tree murder?

Thanks for any help.....I can provide pics if requested. The tree just looks bare and not "dead yet"

bob :?:
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wingdesigner
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Do you have a photo you could post? It doesn't sound very good, and since you're in VA, it should have at least broken the bud scales by now. You might be fired by your daughter... :o
Happy Gardening,
Wing

phred
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thanks, I will take a pic today, but curiously there appears to be some "red" on the branches after some prolonged rain....The lace leafed spouted weeks ago...

BTW, she wontfire me...I work cheap!!!(I guess she gets what she pays for)

:D

phred
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These are pics taken this morning. If i skin the bark on a limb there is a little green


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wingdesigner
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That split at the base is not helping, and may eventually kill the tree. I think I see some bud swelling, so give it a couple more weeks. Prune off any obviously dead (grey) end growth, until you get back to green wood (where you see the green cambium layer under the bark. JM's are notoriously thin-skinned and are very susceptible to girdling or injury. Their root systems don't go very deep, and many are grafted, so if there's a flurry of growth from the soil line, it may very well be the host and not the graft that's growing back.
Happy Gardening,
Wing

phred
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thanks, wing.

bob

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