I have a very old maple that last year had very small leaves. Was told due to previous severe winter the tree may not survive. This year the leaves are still very small. Is there hope it is surviving?
Maple Tree Dying?
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
I'm only familiar with one disease in Maple Trees that would cause smaller leaves on the tree--a fungus called sapstreak disease.
If the tree had suffered wounds to the branches or roots it can become vulnerable to this fungus.
Moisture levels can also cause smaller leaves on the tree, either too much or too little.
General decline in a tree can be caused by drought, flooding, too much fertilizer, pesticides, root damage, or pests.
An inspection by a qualified Arborist may give you a more specific diagnosis.