What is causing my Japanese Maple to be green from one branch and red everywhere else?

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  1. Abbey Cahill

    Abbey Cahill New Member

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    What is causing my Japanese Maple to be green from one branch and red everywhere else?
    The green branch started last year and I have had the tree 9 years.
    Do I need to remove that branch or let it grow?
     

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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    @Abbey Cahill good afternoon Abbey and welcome to the forum, I'm thinking you may have a high graft there and the red was grafted onto green dissectum root stock which is now growing at strength.
    To keep your tree the lovely red I would remove it back to the trunk. You might get a bit of bleed but it should be fine.
     
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    AlainK Generous Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    Even above the graft, it's not that unusual to have branches revert to a more common form of Acer palm-oenum.
    In that case, you should prune these branches because most of the time they're stronger than the grafted cultivars and will take over.
     
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Totally agree Alain.
     
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    Thank you all so much. It is getting pruned today.
     
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Do post a photo when it is all done Abbey and throughout the season, the more the merrier on the maples forum.
     

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