3 Signs Your Japanese Maple Tree Is In Distress

The Japanese Maple tree offers a variety of benefits for your home and landscape design. From improved curb appeal with its elegant shape and foliage to its production of shade with a height of up to 25 feet, planting a Japanese Maple in your landscape design is a smart investment.  Unfortunately, most people do not understand how to plant and maintain this unique tree. Without the right amount of sun, water, and nutrients, the Japanese Maple will not only stop thriving, but it will also begin dying. If you notice one or more of these signs, your Japanese Maple tree is in serious distress.

Tan Color Under Bark

If you suspect your tree is struggling, consider checking the tree's health by removing a small piece of bark from the trunk or a limb. The surface should be a greenish color, ensuring you the tree is healthy and will continue to grow. If the area under the bark is tan in color, your tree may be dying due to a lack of moisture or nutrients.

If the tan, dry area is under bark on one or a few limbs, trim off the branches and limbs with pruning shears. Pruning off these dead branches will reduce the tree's stress, helping it grow and survive. If the tan, dry area is under bark on the actual trunk, you will most likely not be able to save your Japanese Maple.

Dry, Curling Leaves

You should also inspect the leaves to ensure the tree is receiving a sufficient amount of moisture. If the leaves feel dry, appear scorched, and are beginning to curl, your Japanese Maple is thirsty for water.

Check the mulch, pine straw, and soil around your tree, as well. If it appears dry, water thoroughly and increase the number of times you water each week.

If the mulch, pine straw, and soil feel moist even though the leaves are dry, your tree may be located in an excessively sunny area.  Trim off the dead leaves using pruning shears in the late part of fall to promote healthy, new growth in the spring.

No Spring Growth

The leaves of your Japanese Maple tree will die and fall off during the fall season. In the spring, the leaves should begin growing, continuing to thrive through the entire spring and summer seasons.

If new leaves do not grow onto the tree by the middle part of June, the tree is most likely dead and should be removed.

The Japanese Maple tree is an excellent addition to your landscape design. With these tips, you will know if and when this unique tree is going to grow and thrive for years to come. For more information about the care and removal of trees, contact companies like http://brownstormservice.net/.