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My Japanese Maple Leaves are turning green

Posted by weeping_willow Southern Illinois (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 5, 08 at 17:56

I just recently planted a Japanese Maple. After about 4-5 or weeks or so, the leaves are turning green. My parents tree has always had the red leaves. Why are mine turning green? Is there something I need to add to the soil or what do I do? It is in the sun in a well drained area. We have had a lot of water this spring. I want my red leaves back!

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RE: My Japanese Maple Leaves are turning green

What kind of Japanese maple is it? When you refer to the "parent tree", does that mean this one is a seedling of a larger, established tree? If so, there can be considerable variability between the parent and the offspring with one often bearing very little resemblance to the other. And of course you do realize that Japanese maples come in a very broad range of leaf colors and that many selections go through a series of colors through the seasons, red being only one. And the amount of sunlight the tree receives can also impact leaf color, especially in midsummer.

RE: My Japanese Maple Leaves are turning green

Some reversion to green is normal in mid summer in many cultivars.

RE: My Japanese Maple Leaves are turning green

I bought it at a store. My parents(mom & dad's) tree has always had ONLY red leaves. I didn't know there were other kinds that turn different shades through the year. That must be what I have...I lost my paper that came with the tree. So I don't know what kind it is(cultivar). Thanks for responding! :)

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