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Brown spots on Japanese Maple
I have two fairly new Japanese Maples that I planted 2 years ago. The tips of the leaves are starting to turn brown and some leaves a brown spots of them. They are two different types of Japanese Maples and are planted in different areas of my garden. Any idea what might be happening and what I can do about it? Thanks in advance. Janice
Japanese maples are quite sensitive to sun and drying winds. In the Midwest they generally need a partially shaded, protected location to prevent leaf scorch in the summer. They can also develop fungal leaf spots, but your mention of brown leaf tips suggests that it is leaf scorch. It also helps to keep the soil moist and mulched to prevent the root zone from drying out too quickly.