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Wind damaged Japanese Spring Ruby Maple Tree - Help!

I recently bought a young Japanese Spring Ruby tree which has been damaged by the recent high winds, possibly also frost. I am cross with myself for not having moved it to a more sheltered position, but too late now. The poor tree looks badly damaged and I wonder if anyone can please advise me about what to do, obviously I will move the tree, which is in a container. Can the tree recover with some TLC or should I give up hope? Many thanks in anticipation of help given. 

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  • Joyce GoldenlilyJoyce Goldenlily Posts: 1,348

    Maples are very susceptible to wind and frost damage, especially the gold, yellow and pink leaved ones, mainly because they come into leaf so early. They are quite tough so I am sure yours will regrow fresh leaves, given time and care. The main thing which kills them is drought.

    I have 4 different ones in containers in my garden, the atroperpareum has barely been affected by the cold weather but the other 3 all have varying degrees of leaf/tip damage. Wait another month then go over yours and nip out any damaged stems back to a shoot and they will be fine./tip

  • ScraggiesueScraggiesue Posts: 11
    Thank you so much Joyce, I really appreciate  your help and advice. It gives me a lot of comfort to think I haven't killed it off. I have been watering it regularly and I will do as you suggest. 
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 4,968
    edited May 2018
    An occasional spray with my favourite cure all - dilute liquid seaweed tonic (note tonic not feed) will help encourage new back buds. Take some pictures of it in Autumn leaf  for reference so in winter when it is dormant you can prune & reshape it. 
    AB Still learning

  • ScraggiesueScraggiesue Posts: 11
    Thanks for your help, that sounds great. How dilute do you make the seaweed tonic please? At the moment I have covered it over with a fleece until the wind drops to offer it some protection. 
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 4,968
    Depends on the product the one I use is only 10ml in 5 litres but others will vary instructions should be on the packaging.
    AB Still learning

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