Different color leaves on a Maple tree

Asked July 20, 2017, 3:52 PM EDT

I have seen this now and then on some maple trees where there will be sections of leaves that are variegated while most of the tree has green leaves. I'm curious to why this is and if it is particular to certain maples? I'll attach a photo of one I saw recently. Thank you!

Anoka County Minnesota maple tree variegated trees

1 Response

Thank you for the question. This maple tree was probably a variegated variety initially but over time has reverted back to the normal green which is more dominant. In order to maintain a variegated variety, the all green branches need to be pruned out as they appear. This mixture isn't harmful to the tree and nothing needs be done as long as the appearance of this mixture isn't a problem for the owner.

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