Dried leaves on newly planted Japanese maple
"I planted a Japanese maple in May and it seemed to be okay for the first couple of weeks. Then its leaves started drying up. I thought it might be in shock but now almost the entire tree's leaves have dried up! I water it twice a week. It gets afternoon sunlight as our garden is west facing. Any help would be graciously appreciated!!"
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Leaf scorch is common on Japanese maple. It grows best in a protected location where it would not be subject to intense afternoon sunlight. Morning sun with afternoon shade is ideal. Especially since the plant is new to this location, it doesn't have an extensive root system, and may not be able to keep up with water demands in the plant on warm, sunny days.

Answered by BHGgardenEditors