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<span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'; font-size: 10pt;" lang="EN-US"><span style="color: #000000;">I have an Acer Palmatum Shishigashira which is 13 years old. It started life in a pot (with standard multi purpose compost) & was potted on every 3/4 years. The roots were trimmed each time. 2 years ago, this June, I planted it into my garden. It was fine in 2010 & 2011. This year, the leaves have changed from a lovely bright green to dark green. Any idea why?

<span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'; font-size: 10pt;" lang="EN-US"><span style="color: #000000;">Thank you.

Alina W

It might be short of light - acers do need at least some sunshine to get good colour on their leaves.

You could also try giving it a feed in case it's hungry.

Thank you for your reply. It does have good sunshine & a feed. It's so strange after being perfect in 2010 & 2011 that there is this change.

Alina W

It might also be dwn to the strange weather and the cool spell after the hot days of March, in which case it should right itself in time, but perhaps not until next year.

Hi Alina, spoke to someone at a nursery today & they said exactly the same, he mentioned an oak tree whose growth had gone quite sparse. So compared to my 1metre high acer, i think my problem is quite small compared to his. I will let nature take its course. Thanks again.

 

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