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From: Carrie Moss
Arlington Heights, IL
I have a Japanese Maple that is 5'5" tall and about as wide. It's "fingers" are reaching for the sky and looks dried out. Bought this house three months ago and not familiar with this tree/bush.I water it at least two times a week with the hose running on it for 30-40minutes. It is in full sun most of the day. I'm really worried about it because it is a beautiful bush, right by my sunroom window.

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From: Richard Hentschel
Extension Educator, Horticulture
DuPage/Kane/Kendall Unit
Japanese maples are know for the tips of the leaves browning as they are most tender and quickly will brown if conditions are right. Without knowing your soil type, watering 2X a week is likely too much. Roots need to be able to use soil air and too much water fills all the spaces in the soil, pushing the air out. Japanese maples favor an eastern or northern exposure in Northern Illinois. they can be planted in other locations if other trees or the home provide some shading.

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