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Q.I have a red japanese maple tree 5 years old and last year at end of season the leaves withered and now mid May it does not have

Zone L2S3Z5 St Catharines Canada | Anonymous added on May 16, 2020 | Answered

any leaves budding. Will it come back? The bottom does have 2 healthy branches growing out of it (saplings).
Do you think it will come back?

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Answered on May 17, 2020

Your tree is most likely a grafted tree and it sounds like the top of the tree died. The shoots are likely coming from the rootstock and will not be a Japanese Maple.

There can be many reasons for the death of a tree; environment, pests, disease and oftentimes you won't know the cause.

It sounds like an opportunity to shop for a new tree, unfortunately.


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