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Can I save this Red Maple tree?


One of our Red Maple trees started budding out this spring and then we had a freeze and it started over. The leaves were small and now they are starting to die. The tree has been in the ground about six years and is probably about 20 foot tall. Is there anything we can do to save this tree? There are 20 other maples lining the driveway about the same age, will it effect them? - Pat -


  1. 9 months, 3 weeks ago

    My hunch is there is more going on with this tree than the leaf and bud issue. Many red maples have injuries to the main trunk. Could this be an issue with your tree? This injury restricts the flow of water and nutrients which puts the tree under a great deal of stress. Then couple that with the last couple of hot and dry summers and it pushes the tree over the edge!

    I have seen a lot of that this spring with red maples. The real problem is this tree is over planted and not properly cared for because of its very thin and tender bark at a young age.

    Dennis - Johnson County Extension Sorry if it sounds a little like a soap box speech!

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