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The leaves on my Acer this year  are only half the size that they usually are which makes the tree look very sparse.

Any suggestions please



  • lydiaannlydiaann Posts: 298

    In a container?  In the ground?  Species? Where are you? All sorts of things could have an impact so until we all know what the conditions are, it's impossible to say. 

  • DetirerDetirer Posts: 12

    Thanks for your reply.

    The Acer is in the ground it is 6years old aprox. 5ft tall A palmatum bloodgood.

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Perhaps too dry?

    I have the opposite experience here in Scotland - one of the driest springs on record but an acer I had planted at my pond many years ago was always just a stick with sparse branches and leaves. This year it has taken off and has shot up and out! It is now a decent sized little tree/shrub about 4 ft tall. Go figure!

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • DetirerDetirer Posts: 12

    Thanks Hogweed.

    We have had a very dry spring so i have started watering and feed with seaweed ,now fingers crossed ,

  • lydiaannlydiaann Posts: 298

    Acers also like acid soil, so a suitable fertilizer plus good watering may help a little more.

  • mjd2000mjd2000 Posts: 87

    On the RHS Chelsea Flower Show tv show, there was an interview with an acer expert, who said that acers need lots and lots of water, so maybe the dry spring is the reason. Lots of water might be the answer.

  • DetirerDetirer Posts: 12

    Thanks mjd2000.

    The dry spring looks like the problem so lots of watering from now on.

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