Strip That Maple Now
August 27th, 2005
The Japanese Maple is a striking tree in almost any landscape. However, the summer winds can scorch the leaves and make your plant look less than spectacular.
The good news is that you can make them fresh and green again. Simply use a gloved hand to gently strip off those scorched and tired leaves.
Pull loosely along the branch away from the trunk. You will find most of the leaves are easily and quickly removed. Be careful not to break the delicate branches. In 3 to 4 weeks, a new set of leaves will grow, with all of the glory of the first spring growth.
You will find this new leaf set is more sun tolerant and will give a great display until the glorious fall color arrives in later in the season.