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Location: staten island
Posted: May/26/2007 6:47 PM PST
I live in southern NY(Staten Island,NYC) and was wondering what would make my seemingly healthy 11+ year old japanese red maple not bloom on at least 2/3 of its branches?This tree looked perfectly healthy last year,and the fact that most of it may be dead is killing me.Is there anything I can do?Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Posted: May/27/2007 6:12 PM PST
Ranger.... when you say not bloom, do you mean not leaf out? If so, then I would suspect you have winter injury of some sort. This last winter wa very tough on marginal plants on the east coast. The warm January set trees such as Japanese Maples up for severe stress during the ensuing cold February. Feb. was not really any colder than usual, its just that Jan. boloxed up the biological clock on a lot of thigs. Then the silly things tried to lreaf out in mMarch only to get bit by hard freezes in April. Japanes Maples are vulnerable in these situations.
If they haven't leafed by now, I fear they may be a gonner. You can prune back the dead portions to heathy wood as evidenced by green just beneathe the bark. The take a good look at the shape of the tree and decide if you want to keep it.