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Old 07-23-2014, 11:34 AM
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UnhappyTransplanted Maple dropping leaves

We moved a maple sapling (~14') in the spring from a rather shady spot, too close to the house, to a spot with more sun but the same amount of ground water. It had plenty of roots and was doing well until this month.

It slowly started dropping it's leaves, all at once, like in the Fall here in the Midwest. I am assuming this is just due to the stress of moving, but could it now be dying after being fine for three months? Snipping the end of a twig showed green center still so...

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Old 07-23-2014, 11:54 AM
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Found an article at Colorado State University Extension entitled "The Mid Summer Leaf Drop Blues" (8/2013). It states that trees sometimes form more leaves in the Spring than they can handle; so as a protection the tree may shed leaves in mid Summer to defend against water loss. Drought, over watering, poor soil, root oxygen deficiency and other stress can cause this too. Finally, the article states that transplanted trees usually drop leaves to "compensate for root loss and reduced water absorption".

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Old 07-23-2014, 12:04 PM
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good to know this and thank you for the information
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Old 07-22-2016, 07:17 AM
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yes I would expect the tree to loose its leaves early if its just been moved, I would think that its fine and no need to think otherwise. Jeff.
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