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    Red Maple...Late Bloomer

    I am in South Texas.
    Two full years ago a planted a young Red Maple at about 6' tall.
    Both full years I have had it, it seems to be the last tree in my neighborhood to make leaves. TONS of buds...they just seem bashful.
    I planted small Miracle-Gro tree spikes around it at the beginning of the spring and I water it daily. (we are experiencing a bit of draught here) I just can't seem to get it to bloom. Everything else in my yard is thriving!
    Are there any recommendations?

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    Oak
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    RE: Red Maple...Late Bloomer

    That's a bit unusual; normally red maple is among the first to break bud in the Spring. I suspect that the problem may be genetic, not environmental. If your red maple comes from more northern genetic stock, then it will tend to wait longer to break bud.

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    RE: Red Maple...Late Bloomer

    That does make some sense.
    Hopefully it will realize where it is over the next few years and 'turn over a new leaf'. *wink*
    Thank you kindly for your reply!

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    RE: Red Maple...Late Bloomer

    I live in South Alabama (zone , and I have had the same experience with red maples. They come out after my oaks, elms, and other maples.

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    RE: Red Maple...Late Bloomer

    Do you know of any way to 'help' them along with breaking bud?
    Anyting that they like, lots of water, a particular fertilizer...?

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    Oak
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    RE: Red Maple...Late Bloomer

    Some of my trees just seem to take longer than other people's. My yard is on the western end of a gentle slope so I don't see the earliest part of the sunrise, and in a bit of a depression so I have a theory about receiving 5% less sun than a good flat spot.

    Also, you said you water it every day. With my arbor day trees for the first two years I've watered about every third or fourth day it did not rain. Maybe a gallon or so depending on size, yours is larger so maybe a good area watering would be more appropriate. Watering every day may spoil the tree into not growing enough roots.
    Zone 6, St. Louis, MO

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