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Planted a Acer Palmatum Atropurpureum last year and whilst it appears healthy with beautiful coloured leaves there is now a pale tan colour forming around the edges of the leaves.

Is this usual with Japanese Acer's?

Many thanks, Mel.

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  • Posted: Sat. 26th June 2010 16:48

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Reply from Thomas Bills

Bought Japanese Acerpalmatum. Potted it out into very big container with Ericaceous Compost
within weeks leaves started to shrivile and lose colour it now looks dead.

  • Posted: Tue. 29th June 2010 10:25

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Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Thomas,
Definitely sounds like a problem at planting. Though Acers can easily tolerate acid soil, I don't think the ericaceous compost was absolutely necessary. Few questions - when you tug the plant gently, does it move or give way? Could be that there are air pockets around the root ball. How much water has it been given since planting? Though newly planted trees need water, especially if in a container, too much water is deadly to an A. palmatum. Also, how big is the tree compared to the pot - it is possible that the container at present is too large for the plant. Do any of these situations apply to your tree?
Kathy C

  • Posted: Tue. 29th June 2010 18:24

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Reply from Thomas Bills

Thank you for your reply
I think the container could be to big for the plant. On the label it advised that to plant on use ericaceous soil.
Thomas B

  • Posted: Wed. 30th June 2010 10:28

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Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Mel,
This is very typical with A. palmatum. Sounds like your tree has leaf scorch - caused by too much sun wither when the leaves were young or even now, or frost when the leaves were young. Another cause could be not enough water during a dry spell. As long as the pale tan stays at the leaf edges, there is nothing to worry about. Next year, when the leaves start to unfurl, make sure the plant is protected in the event of spring frost. Also, make sure throughout the year that you do not overfeed your A. palmatum - they don't like to be fed much at all. By the way, if you have an account with Shoot, you can add this to your 'Plants I Have' list and get detailed instructions on how to keep it healthy and happy.
All the best,
Kathy C

  • Posted: Tue. 29th June 2010 18:15

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Many thanks for your advice, I have an account and have now listed my Acer.

Kind regards, Mel.

  • Posted: Wed. 30th June 2010 09:21