Monday, May 2, 2011

The Saga of the Japanese Maple

And so it continues.

I scratched some of the bark on various branches and we have a half-dead tree.

Frank keeps telling me to wait.  That maybe the dead portion will come back to life.

Like Lazarus.


How in God's name am I going to prune this thing?  I can't see that whacking off the main stem by about eight inches is a good thing to do, but the bottom half is leafing out.  It's hard to see in this photo (no backdrop) but we do have good foliage coming in.

I'm giving it two more weeks.  And if the Lazarus thing doesn't happen, I'll start the pruning process.


  1. So many people have lost these trees over the winter - once the structure is lost, it may be a shopping opportunity, unfortunately...

  2. Holding on to hope. If we fail, last rites will be taking place on June 5. :-(

  3. Pruning is not a bad thing. The plant will grow back stronger. I have to do it all the time. It's sometimes called tough love:) This looks like a weeper? Tamukeyama or Crimson Queen? Maybe Garnet or Red Dragon. I put money on Tamukeyama. It will be fine once cut but if it is under warranty by all means take it back and get a new one. You may have the same issues though. A tree needs to settle in. I lost a whole J. maple this year. I'd have been most happy to see any new leaves on that one but such is life.

  4. Tina, this is definitely a weeper... Tamukeyama Japanese Maple. I can't take it back just because I'm one of those that if I buy a plant on discount, I accept all the risks. Paid $50 for this at Lowe's last October so the best I can hope for, at this point, should the Lazarus Effect fail, is to prune and create a brand new shape.



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