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Question on Sunset Maple

Posted by gpeck (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 14, 07 at 13:22

I have a sunset maple tree that I have had for about 9 years now. I live in Idaho and the tree has been doing wonderful until this year. What is happening is that 60% of the branches have no leaves and I think they are dead. None of the top branches have any leaves at all. I have been giving the tree plenty of water and I put on some save a tree that the green house gave me. Last year each branch grew about 2-3 feet. I am not sure what happened to it. We did not have a lot of snow cover this year and temperatures fluctuated quit a bit. Our lowest was about -5 for a one week period.

If I look really close at the bark, it looks like I can see some little cracks. Not sure if this is normal or not.

Any suggestions? Leave the branches with no leaves on them until next year?


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RE: Question on Sunset Maple

  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 14, 07 at 16:26

Probably you have a Red Sunset = 'Franksred' red maple. Maples are prone to dieback diseases, sounds like yours has picked one up. Try Idaho Cooperative Extension, see if they can assist you with diagnosis.

RE: Question on Sunset Maple

Found out that the tree has Verticillium bacteria. From what I am reading the survival rates for trees is not that great for trees that get this.

RE: Question on Sunset Maple

Verticillium is normally considered lethal. There are lists on the net for ornamental trees not bothered by it or are very resistent

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