Inaba Shidare needs help

jdlt155April 5, 2011

Hi everybody,

I am pretty new to this forum,although i have been on Gardenweb for a number of years, and have gotten some great information on the various forums.

I have a 7 year old Inaba Shidare cutleaf in my yard between my outdoor pond and at the head of my stream,It is about 4 feet in height, and with a spread of 4-5 feet,

I have it planted on a raised bed with mulch and over the last several years it has not failed to amaze me with its color and beauty.

Unfortunately 2 years ago during a somewhat harsh winter one of the larger branches was storm damaged and i pruned it,and applied a little wound dressing to the cut.

The following year it leafed out as usual very nice,turning from bright red to green later in the season,but last year the tree did not fully bud,and leaf out, and i had several dead branches.

I just noticed yesterday, now that all the snow has melted recently, the tree is still alive, albeit with several dead branches as before, although it is still early in the season for budding in this zone in Ct.

Is this maple worth saving, should i give it some time and see how it develops or look for a replacement?

Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Ken

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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

I'll have to check mine tomorrow to see how far along my buds are, but, yes, it is a bit early to make any definate determination. You can get a feel for how bad it may be by comparing the number of good and dead-looking buds and how much of the overall shape will be left, but it's still guesswork this early in the season.

tj

    Bookmark   April 5, 2011 at 6:37PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Checked the buds on my tree and they are still small and tight.

tj

    Bookmark   April 6, 2011 at 5:59PM
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