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Old 10-18-2008, 07:20 PM
 
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Default Why my RED maple never turns red????

Am I not giving it the right nutrients? I see beautiful red leaves all over this area but mine seem to turn brown and fall off.
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Old 10-18-2008, 07:24 PM
 
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It sounds like the tree hasn't had enough water in past years.
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Old 10-18-2008, 07:31 PM
 
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It is green now and has been all summer. I would think the leaves would look brown during the summer if it were not getting the proper amount of water.
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Old 10-18-2008, 07:44 PM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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See what it does this year since we had more normal rainfall amounts. Last year is not a typical year to compare to since we had extreme drought conditions. Lots of trees turned color early and lost leaves very quickly. Others went straight green to brown.
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Old 10-18-2008, 07:48 PM
 
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I was thinking about that, but I have had the tree 7 years and it has never turned red.
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Old 10-18-2008, 10:20 PM
 
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Once I had a "red" maple that turned out to be some other kind of maple. And I had bought it from a reputable nursery. I guess mistakes happen - or genetic mistakes in the tree?
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Old 10-19-2008, 06:41 AM
 
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The "red" refers to spring growth, not fall foliage.

If you look closely in the spring you will see the buds and new growth come out bright red before the tree "leafs out".

A red maple, Acer rubrum, is more likely to go bright yellow in the fall with small spots of maroon here and there... at least around here from my observations.

Tree color depends on many things though, and can be highly affected by soil pH, drought and concentration of micronutrients.
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:37 PM
 
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If it has never had red leaves, it is not a red maple.

I have a red maple in my front yard and the leaves start off green, turn to a reddish brown in the summer and when the leaves start to turn, that's when it pops red with burgandy undertones.
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:00 PM
 
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My better half used to pour epsom salt around the base of her Japanese maple to give it more vibrant red color, it worked great, didn't seem to hurt the tree.
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:28 AM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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Originally Posted by Siobjuan View Post
If it has never had red leaves, it is not a red maple.

I have a red maple in my front yard and the leaves start off green, turn to a reddish brown in the summer and when the leaves start to turn, that's when it pops red with burgandy undertones.
This sounds like a Japanese Maple, not a Red.
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