Japanese Maple

Asked March 10, 2019, 12:04 PM EDT

Hello. My husband transplanted my dwarf (about 4-5 feet tall) Japanese maple that has been in the pot for many years. One huge root had poked itself out at the bottom of the pot. This one root is deep into the ground and impossible to dig out as it went under the driveway. The tree had to be moved. My husband had to cut the root. It is now in a more suitable location. My fear is losing this tree. Is there something I can do to give it a fighting chance? Thank you.

Cobb County Georgia

1 Response

I would first suggest having a soil test done for the planting area. The results will provide a fertilization regiment that if followed will greatly enhance your chances for success. You will also want to make sure the soil in the planting area is well drained, compact soil that holds excess water can easily cause root problems and drown the tree. Also know the variety of Japanese Maple you have and its sunlight requirements. Some varieties want a lot of sun while others are under-story trees that can't handle lots of direct sunlight. I hope this information is helpful and I wish you the best of luck. I have also included two links below to publications on Japanese Maples and proper planting procedures.

Proper Planting Procedures:
https://secure.caes.uga.edu/extension/publications/files/pdf/B%20932_3.PDF
Japanese Maple Fact Sheet:
http://hort.ufl.edu/database/documents/pdf/tree_fact_sheets/acepala.pdf