Why Japanese Maple Won’t Leaf Out – Troubleshooting A Leafless Japanese Maple Tree
A leafless Japanese maple tree is not good for your garden because it will lose its foliage during the winter season. If you have a large area of land, then you need to plant trees which are capable of growing without any leaves. There are many types of trees with such ability but they cost much more money than those which don’t have leaves at all.
There are two types of trees which have no leaves:
1) Trees like oak, birch, poplar or ash which are native to North America; and 2) Trees like elm, sycamore, hickory or cherry which were introduced from Europe.
The first type of tree is called a deciduous tree. These trees grow their foliage only in the spring time when they shed their old growths (new buds). They require less care than evergreens and are usually cheaper to maintain.
Deciduous trees produce their fruit in the fall when they shed their old growths (new buds).
Deciduous trees are usually planted near a house or other building where they can receive some sunlight during the day. Because these trees do not require much attention, they make excellent candidates for small gardens.
2) The second type of tree is called an evergreen tree.
These trees grow their foliage throughout the year. They shed their old leaves during the winter but new ones start to grow in the spring. The evergreen fruit is very bitter, and not suitable for eating.
Evergreen trees should be planted at least 15 feet away from a house. In addition, they should get 6 hours of sunlight every day.
Evergreens can be pruned to create a hedge or maze. They are usually planted in the far corners of a garden since they can grow quite large.
The best time to plant a tree is in the fall. If you plant a tree during the spring or summer, it might bloom the following year. A fully grown tree should be at least 5-6 feet tall before you can start trimming its branches and shaping its form.
It is very important to keep the soil moist but never waterlogged. A good rule of thumb is to water the tree 2-3 times a week during the spring and summer months, and once a week during the fall and winter. If it doesn’t rain for more than 2 weeks, then the tree might suffer from drought.
Trees can be pruned in many different ways. For example, if you want to create a round ball shape, then you should prune the top and bottom branches equally. If you want a pyramidal shape, then you should prune the branches near the bottom more than the ones near the top.
In addition to pruning, some trees need to be pollarded. This process involves cutting trees back to its base or roots during the late winter or very early spring.
Sources & references used in this article:
The organic gardener’s handbook of natural insect and disease control: A complete problem-solving guide to keeping your garden and yard healthy without … by BW Ellis, FM Bradley, H Atthowe – 1996 – books.google.com
DECIDUOUS TREES MODIFY TEMPERATURE OF BUILDINGS V< X by RL Ticknor – archive.lib.msu.edu
Trees: their natural history by P Thomas – 2014 – books.google.com