Q.Japanese Maple Disease
I have a Japanese Maple tree that is about 8 years old. It has developed a disease that makes the leaves curl up and turn a bright yellow. I read about diseases Japanese Maples may develop. From what I could find out, the only way to stop the leaves from dying was to cut the branches. It seems if I continue to do this, the tree will lose its shape and may even be cut to the ground. I would appreciate any help you could give me on stopping the disease.
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There are many diseases and pests that could affect the tree in this way. To try to avoid having to over prune, I would treat the tree weekly for a month with neem oil. It will address many of the common causes of this kind of damage (pests, fungus or mites) and I would also make sure the tree is getting enough water with good drainage.