I purchased and planted an Autumn Blaze Red Maple on 5/28/05, and to date,
there hasn't been a single leaf growing on this tree. There are tiny buds,
but that is it.
I have the one-year swapout option on it, but I didn't want to do that if it
is just a late bloomer.
I live in Zion, IL (near the Wisconsin border). The soil has about 2" of
topsoil and then it is clay. I followed the directions on the label exactly
(didn't plant too deep, size of hole, etc.)
What I wanted was a shade tree during the summer, and then I wanted the
color in the fall. But right now, the only "shade" I am getting from it is
from the branches sticking up in the air.
Is this a keeper?? Is it dead, or just hibernating??
Thanks for any help!