Acer rubrum leaf damage

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Acer rubrum leaf damage

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:54 pm

I have some Acer rubrum (Florida Red Maple) the I repotted earlier this month and they are leafing out. Now the issue, something is eating the leaves off at where they attach to the tree. I dug around in the soil looking for caterpillars without finding any. I do have squirrels, would they eat young leaves, or use them to line nests? The trees were living under a scrub oak; I moved them to a bench that isn't near squirrel central.

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Re: Acer rubrum leaf damage

Post  Mitch Thomas on Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:50 pm

Billy
I have watched many animals eat new buds on mapels and many other plants, even yaupon. Deer, tree squirrels, rats, possiums. It's thier world we only live in it. Moving it was probably the best solution.

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Post  JimLewis on Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:12 am

Are the leaves gone? Or is something just cutting them off and leaving them lying on the ground?


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Re: Acer rubrum leaf damage

Post  coh on Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:42 am

Mitch Thomas wrote:Billy
I have watched many animals eat new buds on mapels and many other plants, even yaupon. Deer, tree squirrels, rats, possiums...

Mitch.
Yep, me too...I often see squirrels in the trees around the time of bud burst and flowering. Not sure if they're eating the leaves, flowers, buds, or some combination.

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Re: Acer rubrum leaf damage

Post  drgonzo on Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:45 am

Gotta git wonna dem motion activated game cams....catch'a lil varmint inna act!

-Jay

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Re: Acer rubrum leaf damage

Post  Todd Ellis on Wed Feb 29, 2012 4:12 am

I had a mama squirrel chew off buds and new leaves from my Trident Maple forest during the early Spring last year. I could tell that she was nursing babies. I believe that she was looking for any quick/easy nutritious vegetation. She tasted other maples but preferred the Trident.
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Re: Acer rubrum leaf damage

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:56 am

JimLewis wrote:Are the leaves gone? Or is something just cutting them off and leaving them lying on the ground?


Both

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Cut leaves

Post  MikeT307 on Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:45 am

I had leaves being severed at the stalk on my winter garden. At first I thought it was cut worms but the leaves were being carried away from the plants and most of the leaves were not eaten only nipped off right at the stalk. Anyway, I later spotted a squirrel from the upstairs window in the act of chewing one off and leaving it on the ground near the plant. Which led me to live trapping 3 and relocating them to another area a few miles from the house.

I'm in north Florida. So far my Acer Rubrum hasn't been hit by the remaining rodents in the trees in the yard...knock on wood.

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Re: Acer rubrum leaf damage

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:13 pm

I moved the trees to a section of the yard less frequented by squirrels (not under Oaks) and have had no more problems.

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