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  • Writer's pictureOliver Lester

Reviving a Maple Tree: Overcoming Manganese Deficiency

Updated: 4 days ago

I'm excited to share a heartwarming success story about a remarkable maple tree that I had the privilege of helping in Mount Washington, Cincinnati, Ohio. As an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist at Gregory Forrest Lester, Inc., I observed this maple tree struggling with a manganese deficiency. Today, I'm delighted to witness this tree thriving with lush, green leaves in less than a year!

Understanding Manganese Deficiency in Maples

Manganese Deficiency in Maple

Maple trees, known for their stunning foliage, can sometimes face manganese deficiency, showing symptoms like yellowing leaves and interveinal chlorosis. Manganese is vital for photosynthesis and enzyme activation in trees. Without enough manganese, trees can't perform at their best.

Why Maples Experience Manganese Deficiency

There are several reasons why maples may encounter manganese deficiency. Soil pH is a major factor, with manganese becoming less available in alkaline soils. Compacted or poorly drained soil can also limit root access to manganese. Additionally, competition from other nutrients like iron or calcium can hinder manganese absorption by tree roots.

Nutrient Deficient Maple

My Approach to Care

Diagnosing the manganese deficiency was straightforward—I could see it in the tree's symptoms on the leafs of this maple tree. Collaborating closely with the homeowner in Mount Washington, Cincinnati, Ohio, I recommended a micro-injection to increase manganese levels directly into the tree. Additionally, we applied our nutrient root hydration, a 100% natural organic product with over 11 ingredients, to enrich the soil. This product contains active Humic acid, which retains nutrient ions and mobilizes phosphates for tree uptake, including iron, manganese, and magnesium.

Witnessing the Maple's Resurgence

The transformation has been incredible! The maple tree, once struggling with yellowed leaves, has now blossomed into a canopy of vibrant green foliage. It's immensely satisfying to witness the positive impact of our efforts on this tree's well-being.

At Gregory Forrest Lester, Inc., we're deeply committed to nurturing trees and preserving their beauty. Our team's dedication to excellence in tree care ensures that every tree gets the attention it deserves. Whether diagnosing issues or providing tailored solutions, we're here to ensure trees thrive.

Final Thoughts

This experience reaffirms my passion for tree care and the importance of proactive maintenance. Manganese deficiencies can be challenging, but with the right approach and expertise, trees can rebound beautifully. If you notice your maple tree showing signs of distress, don't hesitate to reach out to me or our team at Gregory Forrest Lester, Inc. for professional guidance and care.

Let's continue to cherish and care for our beloved maple trees, ensuring they flourish for years to come!

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Lester Leaf Tree-rrific Trivia

Maple Leaf Colors and Pigments: The vibrant red, orange, and yellow colors of maple leaves in autumn are caused by pigments called anthocyanins, which are produced as the green chlorophyll fades away.


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