Japanese Maple Tree Problems – Pests And Diseases For Japanese Maple Trees
In Japan there are many varieties of trees such as cherry, maple, ash, birch and others. However, most of them have one common characteristic: they all bear leaves.
Leaves provide food for insects and other animals while protecting the tree from cold weather. They also serve as camouflage against predators or passersby. When leaves fall off, it means death for the tree.
The Japanese maple (Acer rubrum) is one of the most popular trees in Japan due to its beautiful appearance and easy maintenance. In fact, some people even prefer this species over apple trees because of their beauty!
However, there are certain characteristics which make Japanese maples different from other types of trees. These include:
1. A single trunk with multiple branches.
This makes it difficult to prune the tree.
2. A tendency towards disease and insect attack due to its high water content and low humidity levels in Japan’s climate.
3. An extremely long life span, up to 200 years!
4. The slow growth rate makes it difficult to find a place to plant it.
As you can see, Japanese maples are definitely not the easiest trees to take care of. Even the most experienced gardeners have a hard time growing these trees.
To make matters worse, there is a great deal of uncertainty about these trees due to their low life span and tendency towards disease. In order to resolve this problem, you must learn as much about them as possible!
Taking Care Of Your Tree
The most important thing you can do is provide your tree with as much water as possible. This may even involve the installation of a sprinkler system to ensure that not a single drop of water is wasted.
Without enough water, your tree will begin to absorb toxins from the surrounding soil. This will result in discoloration around the roots and may even lead to death!
Although the soil may look dry, you should always water it thoroughly to be on the safe side.
Insects and other pests are another major concern for the Japanese maple. Aphids and whiteflies are especially troublesome because they suck the nutrients right out of the leaves!
If left untreated, an infestation can eventually kill the tree. Fortunately, pesticides and insecticides are readily available at most gardening stores.
Another way to prevent infestation is by planting your tree in an environment with other Japanese maples. These trees tend to grow stronger when they are close to others of their kind.
(Just be careful not to damage the roots with heavy gardening equipment!)
Finally, your tree may start to grow in an unsightly manner. Most owners prefer their trees to grow up rather than out, but sometimes this cannot be helped.
If this happens to you, you should prune back the top portion of your tree to encourage new growth and to retain a general shape. Be sure to prune back the same amount on each side to maintain balance!
These tasks may seem like a lot of work, but necessary for the continued growth and health of your tree. Most importantly, enjoy your tree while it’s with you!
These trees do not last forever and are a treasure not seen in many places…
It is a beautiful sunny day in your neighborhood, and you can hear the birds singing their song. You step outside onto your porch, taking in a deep breath of fresh air.
Looks like it’s going to be a perfect day. After stretching your arms above your head, you set off towards the bus stop. You are going to be late if you don’t hurry!
As you run down your street, you notice that something is wrong. All of the people are glancing up at the sky, looking panicked.
Confused, you do the same. A black cloud appears to be advancing from the East, covering the sun and casting an ominous shadow over the land. You have never seen a storm front move with such speed… It almost appears to be moving towards you!
At that moment, you hear a deafening clap of thunder, and feel a burst of hot wind on your back. Masses of branches and other bits of debris are swirling all around you as a loud whirring sound fills your ears.
You you look down the street, you can see a tornado! It is headed right towards you… You need to find some place to hide!
There is a small café up ahead. The door is locked, and the windows do not offer adequate shelter.
To your right there is a clothing store. The windows are closed, but there’s a side door that may be accessible. To your left there is a bookstore. It has large windows, but they may be the only way to get to safety.
Sources & references used in this article:
Effects of simulated acid rain on related physiological indexes of leaf color of Japanese maple (Acer palmatum Thunb.) in autumn. by L Tang, QZ Li, SS Li, XH Liu – Jiangsu Journal of Agricultural …, 2010 – cabdirect.org
Culture and Propagation of Japanese Maple by G Phillips – 2003 – vtechworks.lib.vt.edu
Acer by M Thurn, E Lamb, B Eshenaur – 2018 – ecommons.cornell.edu
Maples offer variety, color in eleven important species by D Chapman – Weeds, trees and turf, 1980 – archive.lib.msu.edu
Trees for urban planting: diversity uniformity, and common sense by FS Santamour Jr – … Book: Cultivating connections with trees, 2004 – books.google.com