Is my Autumn Maple Blaze tree dead or can it be revived?

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  1. aRandomGuy

    aRandomGuy New Member

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    I have a autumn blaze maple in my front yard for the last 3 years. Every year it is slow to produce leaves and it turns directly red/orange without being green for too long.

    This year, all the neighbors trees are already leafing but mine is not and is bare.

    There is a different branch coming from the base of the tree that is leafing though.

    Is this tree gone? Can i do something to help it grow?


    Edit: im in minnesota. We had a drought last year, but i was pretty good at watering it twice a week.
     

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  2. Acerholic

    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Good evening and welcome to the maples forum, I'm afraid looking at your photo 4 that it has been girdled and so everything above that is now dead. But the good news is that you have growth below which will grow into something in a few years and is starting on its way now.
    It will mean IMO that you need to remove everything above that new growth. Quite drastic I know, but its that or a new tree.
    Others may have different opinions, but that's my thoughts.
     
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  3. Cattwooduk

    Cattwooduk Active Member

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    Yeah as soon as I saw that girdling all the way round the base I came to the same conclusion! Looks like rabbit or deer or squirrels or something has gnawed through the bark all the way around!

    Definitely looks like a goner above that unfortunately.
     
  4. emery

    emery Renowned Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    The only good news is that many 'Autumn Blaze' are produced by tissue culture, so there's a chance that what's coming up from the root is the same cultivar. It will grow rapidly since it's the only thing the root is feeding; as others have noted, the original top from ground up is dead. From your description it may have been dead for a year or 2 already, and the leaves just surviving off of the energy left in the main stem: a zombie, in other words.

    Because the root is established you won't necessarily gain time replacing with a (unestablished) new tree. That's the only option though.
     

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