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Was wondering if I have an issue with my Acer as it has yet to come into leaf.
It is planted in a clay heavy solid, but there is near by planting in relatively loose soil allowing a degree of drainage (albeit not a lot).
The red branch tips seem to be soft and pliable, but further down the branch it seems more woody and a more grey colour.

Not sure as to if the tree is fed up with the weather or if it has a real issue.

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  • Posted: Tue. 5th June 2012 12:33

Re: Acer not coming in to leaf

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Simon,
Not sure where you are, but in nearly any place I can think of, Acers should be leafed out by now. Scrape away a small section of the top layer of bark with your fingernail. Start near the end of a branch. If you see the thin green cambium layer, they tree is still alive, no green, go farther back toward the trunk. No green then go further back. If you see no green on the main trunk, then I would suspect it is dead.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Fri. 8th June 2012 21:12