Hi im a newbie, not a gardener of sorts but like to keep the garden
looking clean trimmed and colourful.
I thought I'd brighten up my garden this summer with the Maple and Acer.
The Tree is about 3.5 foot tall and at the moment here in UK it's leaves
have turned a beautiful blood red. However now they are starting to
fall. I am unsure wether the Maple loose their leaves or is this
My second question is my Acer.
It's leaves were ok last week now there curled and browned. Some have
fallen what's wrong with it. Could it be the cold wind. ?
> Hi im a newbie, not a gardener of sorts but like to keep the garden
> looking clean trimmed and colourful.
> The Tree is about 3.5 foot tall and at the moment here in UK it's leaves
> have turned a beautiful blood red. However now they are starting to
> fall. I am unsure wether the Maple loose their leaves or is this
> fallen what's wrong with it. Could it be the cold wind. ?
hi Michelle, firstly, acers and maples are basically the same thing with
Acer being the botanical name and Maple being the common name. Acers
(and therefore maples) are what we call 'deciduous', meaning they lose
their leaves in autumn, so to answer your question, yes its perfectly
normal. Without being too technical, the leaf forms a barrier of a
cork-like substance, the chlorophyll
turns to sugar and its that which turns the leaves red in Autumn before
This is all good.
<dons Pedant Hat>
Most deciduous trees lose their leaves in autumn and of those likely to be
grown in Ole Blighty probably all of them. However there are some that do
it at other times of the year. Deciduous does not specify a time of falling
just that they fall. The same is said of teeth, your baby teeth were
accurately described as deciduous - that is they fell.
<removes silly hat>
All Acers are maples. Bloodgood is another variety of Japanese maple.
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