transplanted into a pot
My brother-in-law has a lovely "mystery" Japanese maple that I've long admired. He found a sapling from this mystery maple a few feet away from the parent tree and asked if I wanted it. I jumped at the chance, but before I could help him out, he proceeded to dig a small circle around its base and yank the sapling out! It came out bare root!
I almost screamed at him, but he was just trying to help and he really doesn't know any better. I soaked the little guy in a bucket of water and wrapped it up in newspaper before transporting it back to my house where I transplanted it in one of the azalea pots we had lying around. It's been about two weeks in the pot and all its leaves have shriveled to brown. I'm hoping the root is ok and it will eventually bounce back some time in the fall. Do you think it'll make it?
It's about 2.5 feet tall with multiple stems coming off one main trunk. I'd say the main trunk is .5 inch thick.