Things have been pretty crazy around here and I haven’t been able to focus on my beloved garden until this week. As I was walking the
grounds yard something just seemed off? As I scanned the garden at ground level everything seemed OK (Oh boy, need to start weeding right now!).
What is it? What’s not right – as I started to look up higher it started to hit me. What’s missing, there were open spaces where there shouldn’t be. No, I must be seeing things, or NOT seeing things. Oh No! Where have all the leaves gone?
Wow! I love this tree – Japanese Maple – Bloodgood. What happened to all the leaves on top? Why does the bottom part of the tree have leaves and the top doesn’t? As I looked closer I could see new buds forming – nothing like there should be. Ms. Bloodgood has been in this spot for over 7 years, and has always done so well.
Bloodgood is one of the most popular, hardy, reliable and available Japanese Maples. It’s has a deep black-red color that holds up well through summer. It can reach heights of 15-20 feet, so it was a good choice for my garden (smaller garden). I have it in full sun (tolerates parital sun) and is not as “delicate” as other Japanese Maples.
The more delicate Japanese Maple do not like the Illinois North West winds (like to be tucked in close to the house/fence for protection), but Bloodgood can handle these winds very well.
Last year was so hot and dry – and we were gone a lot – traveling back and forth to Kentucky (thinking of relocating). My garden took a back seat and my watering schedule was not very consistent.
Panic set in as I thought about my 3 other Japanese Maples in my garden. How are they doing?
The Japanese Maple in my front garden, just off the sidewalk seems to be doing just fine. I lost the tag and don’t remember her name (remembering names has always been an issue for me!) I do remember we bought her in TN while visiting Mr. Charmer’s parents.
I was surprise that she was OK! A few years back we moved her and at first she wasn’t doing so well. The first winter after moving her the cute little neighborhood rabbits did havoc on the base of her trunk. In hard winters when there’s lots of snow on the ground, rabbits will find the “softest” food they can find, the base of a tree trunk provides them this. From that winter on I now wrap all my young tree trunks.
Another, Japanese Acer Palma Dissectum Everred, sits in my side garden just off our driveway is also doing well. She has a weeping, shrub-like form and cascading branches. The new foliage are bright crimson and deepen to burgundy with age and in Fall the color turns to scarlet. She can reach a height up to 15 feet.
My 4th tree, Tamukeyama Japanese, is just North of Bloodgood. She also has a weeping, laceleaf purplish-red foliage. In fall she develops spectacular shades of red, autumn is her best time in color. She is a very SLOW grower and takes forever to reach a height of 10-12 feet.
At first glance she looked like she was doing good…
So 2 of my Japanese Maples in the back yard are under stress (loss of leaves) and the 2 in the front yard are doing well.
The loss of leaves is a good sign that the tree is in stress. Did you know that it can take up to 5 years for a tree to completely die. It’s a very slow process and is usually more suttle that what Bloodgood is showing.
I’ll be monitoring these ladies very closely the next few weeks. I’ll keep you posted.
Do you have a favorite Japanese Maple? How are they doing?