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Acer buds damaged

I have a very old Acer that until this year has always produced lots of buds and leaves.
This year I noticed the top of the tree seemed bare and didn’t the ususl
amount of buds as previous years. On closer inspection it looks like the buds may have been eaten or have died and dropped off the branch leaving a clean stump.
I’m wondering if perhaps some type of insect is eating the buds but wanted to ask if anyone has seen this type of damage before, I’ve attached some pics of the issue and appreciate any advice or guidance on how to treat or prevent this.


  • B3B3 Posts: 26,566
    Sparrows were tucking into mine early spring,They just pecked off the buds but yours seem to have been bitten off in a different way
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Mike_low3Mike_low3 Posts: 2
    I haven’t seen any sparrows on the tree but have seen quite a few wasps so wasn’t sure if they were the issue?
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