I planted a 7 foot bloodgood maple two years ago. last year it started to badly curl many of its leaves. The nursery said that it was a disease that can infect maples (I can’t remember the name) — He pruned the tree and fertilized it. This spring it is all but dead — just a few red leaves struggling to grow near the base of the tree.
Should I cut the tree all the way down(to above these struggling leaves) or should I accept the inevitable and get rid of it.
It is in a spot that I had wanted a small specimen tree —
If I do get rid of it, can I plant something else in its place or id the soil in this spot now “contaminated”.
Was it Verticillium wilt? If so, the soil will be contaminated so you can’t plant another maple, but you could plant a specimen tree that is resistant to Verticillium wilt. The link has a list of resistant plants.
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