I planted this tree late last summer. The tree seemed to wake up fine from a long winter. over the last few days ive noticed this..droppy leaves.. tree seems to be stressed
the site is pretty wet at times. i had a blackfum omanted inbthe exact same spot and it did very poorly. whats going on?
What is your soil like? Is it heavy with clay? I've had newly-planted Autumn Blaze look peaked like this in the past and it was always due to the soil staying too wet. And it only occurred in the lower areas of my fields during rainy summers. Despite this, many of the trees still lived but they were stuck in neutral for years and I had to cut my losses. Once a tree's vigor is lost it can take a long time to recover.
I wouldn't ever label Autumn Blaze as super hardy. In my experience, the tree suffers sunscald, frost crack, and tip die-back at a much higher rate than other maple cultivars touted as zone 3 and 4 hardy. Once established with a fattening trunk and mature bark beginning to form they might be fine, but I've seen a zone 3 central Minnesota winter cull many younger, smaller trees.
Looks fairly normal to me. Can you give a picture of the whole tree?
It's definitely not. The leafs are curved inward - quite a lot too if you look carefully
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I'm from Toronto. Out crappy hockey team are called the leafs. 😁
The leaves appear to be wilting as they are curved downward
The grass is so green drought stress seems unlikely
the opposite... I believe I did mention that it get too much water - although everything I hear about these trees is that they thrive in wet soils... maybe it's too saturated.. My blackgum tree withered away in the exact same spot and I got rid of it and planted this.. It's at the base of a septic field... My septic field might actually be failing so perhaps some impurities are entering the soil?
planted last fall.. not enough roots to support the usual explosive spring maple growth ... AND ...
perhaps they arent done opening or budding out .. they havent fully hardened off ...
water it properly. and look for a tree that doesnt reflect so poorly on your hockey team.. in other words.. anything but a maple next time.. lol ..
btw.. did you know.. in severe drought.. corn wraps its glossy green leaves to expose the back of the leaf in hot blinding sun ...
maybe contrary to your water thoughts... it needs water.. dig a hole or two.. and FIND OUT .. water if necessary ...
otherwise.. i thinking.. you will be hard pressed to kill this thing with proper water ...
The autumn blaze is supposed to be super hardy are they not?
Still not looking good... I'm convinced that there's something wrong with the soil in that spit.
Yes, 'Autumn Blaze' is super hardy to below -40
You mentioned of the site being pretty wet at times, then that's what I'd be most concerned of.
I thought these things thrive in wet soils
They are crossed with silver maples
Splaker, sometimes can make a difference between being newly planted and getting settled in and an established specimen with roots running far and wide.
I have 'Skinner's Cut Leaf Silver Maple' and love the thing, too bad I hadn't planted as a stand alone specimen instead of tucking near the forest where blends in all too much, the foliage is superb though!
Autumn blaze is not a great tree IMO. Many have been tried in my town and ZERO have survived. Plus, any mature tree I've seen anywhere has severe chlorosis
I have a bur oak in a pot that needs planting. Do you think they'd do well in there if it is on the wet side? I've read they can do well in wet soil.
Can you grow neat trees like bald cypress or metasequoia? I think those really like wet soil
We can grow them here. But tamarack might be better. I believe they prefer wet soil or am I wrong?