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Can anyone please help? I recently purchased three acer plants (garnet, ever red & emerald lace) but the emerald lace has started to develop splits in the bark. It's even on the new wood (see pictures). It came from a local reputable garden centre, whereas the other two (which seem ok) are very small and were mail order.

My biggest concern is whether it’s a disease that could transfer to the two young plants.

If anyone can shed some light on this, I’d be really grateful



  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Are there any thoughts on this? I notice I have the same thing on a small ornamental acer which is about 70cm high. Thanks
  • turmericturmeric Posts: 825
    Could it be temperature changes?  I wonder if the cold we've been having and then the change to heat has caused the branches to expand too quickly and therefore tear a little?  I think if that were the case the acer would settle down as the weather evens out.  My other thought was if it had suddenly taken up too much water and again expanded too quickly? 
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    For such a popular plant, some of them do seem very temperamental / fussy? Is it just me? Mine seems to refuse all sunlight and wants to hide under the bed.
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    A lot of acers do prefer a slightly shaded sheltered corner. 
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • ploomy1ploomy1 Posts: 11
    They were purchased last year in September so that counts out the cold weather. 
    I noticed the splits very soon so probably had them when I purchased it or within a fee days. 
    Anyway, it's wintered well and is now out in full leaf, looking ver healthy. My little boy says it looks like the Kung Foo Panda trees 🤣
    My other two grafts that I bought from Ebay which are only about a foot long are also doing well and I've added a Bloodgood to my collection.
    Just waiting to see if any of the seeds that I've had in the fridge since last year will germinate.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    This is my acer - with split bark. I inherited it with the house and it was in a position to be bashed by bins and binmen so I moved it. But it's never happy by July. But that might be a different issue not related to the bark. I imagine bark issues like this might stop it self-regulating how much water and nutrient get to the leaves. Perhaps that's why it can tolerate zero sun. I've just moved it to a place of zero direct sun whatsoever. If it doesn't like it here I shall have to give it away.


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