An old acer planted in the wrong spot
I inherited an acer (not sure which variety) with a house I bought five years ago. It's about four cubic ft (the tree, not the house). For the last four years its leaves shrivelled up during the summer - which I attributed to too much direct sunlight. Early this spring I dug down around its roots to see if I could move it, but there is a huge root system supporting it, more than four cubic meters of roots, going under a fence, so moving it wasn't going to fly. I'm surprised the tree is so small, given the thick roots, as wide as my wrist.
I'm not sure what to do with it. I have moved an apple tree in a container next to the acer to try and give it some temporary shade, which is working, but it isn't a great solution as the apple is standing on a pathway.
The acer is planted right up against a fence, and near a large box shrub, so it doesn't have room to spread.
Any ideas are appreciated.
Last edited: 28 June 2017 23:28:20