Hail damage to japanese maple

Asked June 8, 2016, 6:45 PM EDT

Hi there,

Thank you for this service!

The last hail storm to southeast Denver did a real number on everything in our yard, but the most heart breaking and concerning item is our very healthy beautiful weeping Japanese maple. We would venture to say that it lost half to 2/3 of its leaves.

Will it recover?

Denver County Colorado

1 Response

Hail damage is heart-breaking but time and patience should allow your Japanese maple to recover. Prune any broken branches and remove debris from the base of the tree. Fertilize with a low nitrogen fertilizer and water throughout the season. I've included a link from the Colorado State University website which explains hail damage to trees and shrubs in more detail. I hope you find this helpful.