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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2012

    Default Scorched Japanese Maple

    New roof just installed. The roofers tarped over the adjacent plants and bushes as usual. Apparently the hot sun on the blue tarp caused the top of my Japanese Maple to turn brown. It's not extensive, I would say about 35% of the very top area - mostly in the middle. A few of my evergreens were scorched too but I don't care so much about them.

    This is a mature tree, I would say 15-20 years old and its thrived very well. Now I have brown shriveled leaves and dead appearing small branches right in the top center. Unsightly too.

    Do I need to do anything? The rest of the tree looks normal. Any opinions regarding next year? will the dead looking branches revive or should I trim them off? I did remove the dead leaves and watered it several times - we've had adequate rainfall this summer.

    I'm in Michigan - near Lake Michigan in case that's a factor.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Houston Texas

    Default Re: Scorched Japanese Maple

    Water the tree as usual, especially in September when its setting buds for next year. You may want to apply a root promoting fertilizer, but be careful as the maple has shallow roots.

    Look at the branches in the spring. If you see dead areas, prune as usual; with the 3 D's; dead, dying, diseased

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2013

    Default Re: Scorched Japanese Maple

    Evergreens were scorched - You can try triming the tips of the scorched evergreens.

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