Japanese Maple did not leaf up this year

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Cathy Naessens asked 12 years ago

Last year half the bark below the graft had a whitish substance on it. I just rubbed it off. This year there is no bark where this substance was and the tree has no leaves not even buds. The rootstock it was grafted onto has bark for about 10 inches above the ground where no whitish substance was and has green shoots which I have removed. Is there anything I can do or is it dead?Tree was planted about 4 years ago. Summer very wet – is that the cause. Also in the same area my Golden Bamboo has turnd brown and has not greened up. Is this also dead:

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
Japanese maple does not like wet ground and is prone to root rotting or fungal attack on branches and on the graft union which is what happened here. You can let the green shoots grow and you will have a green maple, looks good too.

Bamboo does not like ground to be too wet, moist yes, but draining. Bamboo might still produce shoots.