Sandra W
Sandra W
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Asked on Apr 20, 2012

Autumn Blaze Maple

Douglas HuntSandra W360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
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Why after 8 years would this tree develop seed pods (whirlybirds) that make a mess? And the whole top half of the tree has not leafed out like the bottom. It just looks sparse and has many of the seed pods.
8 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Apr 20, 2012

    as with many organisms...reproduction mechanisms take time to mature. An annual flowering plant may produce seeds after just a few weeks. Which longer lived plant s / animals it can take years or even decades to grow up to a point in which they began to produce. In the case of large trees this is a survival mechanism as it limits the local population from competing for available resources..mainly water and light.

  • Sandra W
    on Apr 20, 2012

    I guess my thought was that this tree would not have those whirly birds. Anyway that is what the landscaper told us when we had our lawn and trees put in.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Apr 20, 2012

    Sometimes when plants/trees/shrubs are stressed they will put all their diminishing energy into reproduction. Was their a drought stress last summer or winter, or possible root damage inflicted?

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Apr 20, 2012

    It's a widely held belief that Autumn Blaze doesn't produce seed pods, but, as you have seen, it is not true. Did you have a late frost that might have damaged leaves at the top of the tree, which it is now struggling to restore?

  • Sandra W
    on Apr 20, 2012

    No real drought. Maybe rainfall down a few inches. Very mild winter and no root damage inflicted. I am almost thinking after looking at Autumn Blaze photos that maybe it isn't one of them? The tree never got a vibrant red as the photos show.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Apr 21, 2012

    It wouldn't be the first time a tree such a mistake was made planting a tree!

  • Sandra W
    on Apr 22, 2012

    You may be right. I just found out that one of my neighbors had the same landscaper as we did when they were building our subdivision, and he is having the same exact problem with his "Autumn Blaze "as we are. So maybe they really weren't Autumn Blaze?????????

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Apr 22, 2012

    If he's still around, you have nothing to lose by a phone call.

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