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My acer started to bud up and then turn in to full leaf as normal this year and then all the leaves began to wilt and drop it wasn't until i took a closer look that i realised the whole tree (it stands about 3ft by 1.5 ft wide) was absolutely covered hilt to crown in scale bugs.  I quickly turned to a pest spray and removed all the scale bugs with a wet cloth but all the leaves have now dropped and its looking like it does in winter. 

Did i not act quick enough have i lost it ????

Jess is in the Garden

Is it in a pot?

It might still be ok - I think it's a case of wait and see - good luck!

Yes its potted in the type of soil it need as i live on heavy clay.

Japanese Maples have a defence mechanism and sometimes produce a second set of leaves, so like Jess says, it would be worth waiting a while. I hope it's ok.

So okay then fingers crossed your both right and it hasnt carked it!

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Leggi

I noticed these on mine a few weeks ago without knowing what they were. I've just removed them all by making a foam from fairy liquid and water mixed together and using a cloth to wipe them all off. Will this be sufficient or should I be looking in to treating with something stronger? 

I'll keep an eye out for them now as the Acer is one of my favourites.

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