Ukigumo leaf burn after planting
I love my 'Ukigumo.' It has been potted for the last 7+ years and done very well. Well, we moved about 5 miles away and I decided to give it a more permanent home.
Since planting in the ground this spring the upper small branches and a few of the side branches have much smaller leaves that look burned. The tree is sited with only a little more sun than it was getting and it still gets good afternoon shade.
It is in a bed that may have much less drainage than it is used to since it is fairly heavy clay. I amended the bed and raised it 3-6 inches with well composted steer manure, gypsum and regular planting compost before I planted it. The root ball on this 9 ft Ukigumo is fairly large so I am hoping that there is not a big concentration of any one ammendment affecting the roots. I root pruned a little since the roots were peeking out of the bottom of pot.
I am trying to decided whether to wait this one out and see how it does by next year or whether to rethink something I am doing now. Maybe it just needs a little sulk period.
All the other Japanese maples I moved and planted seem to be doing just fine. Yes, I dug a couple, brought them to the new house and planted after leaf drop last fall. I also planted a newly purchased 'Sumi nagashi' this spring.
I worry a little since I lost an 'Ukigumo' in the past 2 years after it was planted. My guess at the time was Verticillium wilt. But perhaps I was never meant to have an 'Ukigumo' in the ground.