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Dan L

Autumn blaze maple problem?

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I have two autumn blaze maple trees that were planted a few years ago. The last two years they have started to change color in late June to early July. They are already staring to get that red color. Does anyone know what could cause this?

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Dan, maples turning early are stressed in some fashion. Too dry, too wet, wrong pH, not enough nutrients, insect pests and disease are only a few possible reasons.

If you take some closeup photos of bark, leaves and branches, as well as some wider views of the trees, including their setting, we might be able to pin it down.

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The new growth on these can be slightly red/orange until the leaves mature. Do you have a foot or more of new growth? From my experiance these are usually fairly happy trees that are easy to please. Might be too wet with all of this rain?

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I'd agree with what Toughguy notices as well.

Are these leaves changing the new growth? Or the leaves "inside" the canopy as well?

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On face value I'm thinking "toro blight" or soil conditions.

Toro blight being mower or trimmer damage to the bark at the base and soil conditions, would be more about moisture than anything else. Those maples are typically very easy to keep happy so I worry less about nutrients and such but it is possible depending on the site.

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