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    • aj9648
    • By aj9648 15th May 17, 8:46 PM
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    Another one bites the dust?? What's happened to my acer
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    • 15th May 17, 8:46 PM
    Another one bites the dust?? What's happened to my acer 15th May 17 at 8:46 PM


    Hi

    After my woes with my skimmia which I had to chop down, I noticed today that my acer tree looks unwell.... I really don't what's going on. Is it going? The leaves are starting to turn brown already. 3 pics below if you can see the browning on some of the leaves - I had to take pics from my bedroom window....

    The skimmia and the acer are in the same row. I have a smaller acer bush under the acer tree and that seems healthy enough

    https://twitter.com/payrollexcel/status/864204186384248832
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    • Livelongandprosper
    • By Livelongandprosper 15th May 17, 8:52 PM
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    My eperience with acres is they suffer with the wind, or too dry or too wet

    When I lived in the SE it was sunburn that would be a problem. Now I'm in the north it's keeping them sheltered from wind and frost that's the headache
    • aj9648
    • By aj9648 15th May 17, 9:09 PM
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    • 15th May 17, 9:09 PM
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    • 15th May 17, 9:09 PM
    Unfortunately the tree is nearly as tall as my house so can't put a wrapper round it!! Hopefully a bit of rain over the next week might help it out a bit!!
    • TheGardener
    • By TheGardener 15th May 17, 9:26 PM
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    • 15th May 17, 9:26 PM
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    • 15th May 17, 9:26 PM
    The fact it has thrived to be such a large tree means there can't be too much wrong with the location. However, we have had an unusually dry spring and the new leaves will have been subject to a lot of quite hot sun for the time of year and they have probably scorched a bit. I have several acers and all have suffered scorch this spring. It might be a bit unsightly but its unlikely its terminal.

    The only other issue would be something has got into the soil in this area and is being taken up by the plants - no spills/floods/chemicals/petrol/diesel/builders rubble/oil tipped on the soil ?

    The other plant looks like it suffered a break on one of the limbs. Not all plants live forever - are they old?
    • aj9648
    • By aj9648 15th May 17, 9:29 PM
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    • 15th May 17, 9:29 PM
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    • 15th May 17, 9:29 PM
    I don't think there has been any chemicals o there. There is a cat that pee near to the tree but don't think that is an issue. I did fertilise the lawn last month with some ever green left over from last years and just wondering if that has got on to my beds??
    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 15th May 17, 9:52 PM
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    • 15th May 17, 9:52 PM
    Now I'm in the north it's keeping them sheltered from wind and frost that's the headache
    Originally posted by Livelongandprosper
    The fact it has thrived to be such a large tree means there can't be too much wrong with the location.
    Originally posted by TheGardener
    As above ^ - the tree has been happy for many years to grow that big so it's probably a seasonal problem. We've had periods of warm days but cold nights and a couple of weeks of cold, easterly winds - both will catch the tender new leaves of acers and other only-just hardy plants.
    • TheGardener
    • By TheGardener 16th May 17, 6:30 PM
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    • 16th May 17, 6:30 PM
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    • 16th May 17, 6:30 PM
    It wont be stray lawn fertilizer or cats. I'd bet on unusual seasonal conditions. Keep an eye on it and if limbs start to die off them there is a problem.
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 16th May 17, 7:41 PM
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    • 16th May 17, 7:41 PM
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    • 16th May 17, 7:41 PM
    Dry soil can cause leaf scorch
    • Justagardener
    • By Justagardener 16th May 17, 9:50 PM
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    • 16th May 17, 9:50 PM
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    • 16th May 17, 9:50 PM
    Sounds surrprising but this looks very much like frost damage. We have had the odd very short sharp frost at night and it can often be gone before you look out in the morning. Acers are susceptible to spring frosts especially at that height. Don't be concerned I think the skimmia had an unrelated issue...possibly reached its max age and size?
    • aj9648
    • By aj9648 18th May 17, 7:27 AM
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    Thanks for responses - I'll leave as is and see what happens
    • tootallulah
    • By tootallulah 19th May 17, 9:09 PM
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    I have an Acer Bloodgood too, some years it gets the leaf browning/scorching etc but the next year it recovers and is fine. I would leave well alone!
    Mortgage House £173,000 July17th 2016.
    • aj9648
    • By aj9648 20th May 17, 3:57 PM
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    I have an Acer Bloodgood too, some years it gets the leaf browning/scorching etc but the next year it recovers and is fine. I would leave well alone!
    Originally posted by tootallulah
    Thanks very much
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