enclosed a leaf of my maple, Acer palmatum 'Shindeshojo'
which has been looking sick recently. Can you help?
maples often get this look in early autumn after a dry summer. Auckland
had very little rain during autumn but a lot of wind, which can
quickly desiccate tender foliage.
But don't worry. New
growth next spring will be as fresh as ever.
The best way to try
to avoid the problem again is to apply plenty of mulch around the
root system to conserve soil moisture in summer, water during prolonged
dry periods and, if possible, provide as much protection from strong
wind as possible.
Gardener, Issue 174, 2005, Page 28
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.