Problem with a Japanese Maple

Asked May 7, 2018, 4:24 PM EDT

I have a Japanese maple which has not sprouted it spring leaves. Should i be concerned that there is something wrong with it? It looks like it has buds however all the other trees on my property have sprouted and have lots of leaves. It was fine last year before it went dormant.

Bexar County Texas

1 Response


Japanese red maples shouldn't really be grown here as they are not really well adapted.

If you want to try to grow one, stick with the 'Blood Graft' red/maroon types.

However, they would be best grown on containers on the patio in a large enough size container. Fertilized and watered often as well.

They will take full sun till mid-June and then should be moved to shade past 2 pm till about October. But since it is so hot here, they still get leave burn during the summer heat.

Consider cutting the tips back on this to about three leave nodes down and digging it from the grounds to a container.

Happy Gardening!

David Rodriguez -Extension Horticulturist