japanese maple acer with losing leaves



Hi, we have a japanese maple acer that we think has had its day. Can anyone help. It’s approximately four years old and has been fine up till this year. It’s now only got leaves in two places and the branches seem to have gone white in areas has I think is dead parts of the branches.



  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    Cut the dead part off. I've just had to do that with one of my maples which was grown in a pot at the allotment - it was a beauty as well. The reason why, I had my second child in spring last year, and completey forgot to water it. To my amazement its started putting on new growth, on the stump I left...

  • Should I wait till October to cut it back or just go for it now? Also will it be ok to cut some of the branches that currently have leaves si that it doesn't look completely abnormally shaped.

  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    Only cut the dead part off. Leave any branches with leaves alone until it goes dormant, otherwise it may weep. It's current shape without the dead, I could live with. It's a japanese maple, think bonsai !!image

  • Thanks marshmello, I'll get the cutting done tomorrow. image

  • WobblycogsWobblycogs Posts: 18

    I have had quite a few Acers losing leaves,. I was about to throw out a container plant I bought for £25.00, which had shed all its foliage, But the branches felt pliable, so I re-potted it, fed it with bone meal, and left it to its own devices. (I kept an eye on it). It's regaining foliage again, so I am going to keep feeding and then plant it out in the autumn. I don't think Acers always like containers despite advice to the contrary.

    I am hoping the half dozen other maples do the same as they have lost their leaves too.

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