October Glory Red Maple issues

Asked August 27, 2015, 8:32 AM EDT

I planted an october glory red maple in late may. Tree was B&B and is about 10-12 feet tall and trunk is roughly 2.5 inches thick.Tree gets full afternoon sun. Within the last month, the western side of the tree has started to take on a reddish color and look somewhat wilted. I think the tree may be planted a few inches deep. I was initially told that it was OK as long as the drains sufficiently well but I'm now worried about girdling roots in the long term and whatever issue its facing in the short term.

Anne Arundel County Maryland trees maple

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This is a large tree to try to get established. Being planted too deeply can kill it. Look into whatever kind of guarantee that came with the tree. It would be better to start with a smaller tree. https://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG24_Planting_tips_... https://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG86%20Common%20Abi... August was a very dry month and it probably did not get enough water. It is very difficult to keep this large a tree watered well on establishment. https://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG85_Watering_Tips_... https://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG201%20Homeowner%2... vw