Red wing maple

Asked August 29, 2016, 2:28 PM EDT

Our red wing maple tree is 2 years old, it is the end of August and the red wing part of the tree are drying up and no longer red...is this what happens in the fall or is there a problem with our tree, some leaves are getting rust spot also...

Scotts Bluff County Nebraska

1 Response

It's natural for the seeds, or red wings, to dry up and turn brown. It does not indicate a larger problem with the tree.

Many trees by late summer have some brown spots on the leaves. This could be caused by minor fungal disease infection, insect damage, environmental damage, etc. If it's limited and isn't causing leaf drop, then there isn't anything to worry about.