4 Common Hot Wings Maple Tree Problems and Possible Solutions

The red seeds and attractive leaves of the Hot Wings Maple Tree are one of the best summer garden additions. This 15-25 feet tall plant is therefore the first choice of most gardeners as a beauty enhancer. However, maple trees also have some problems that will make you quite confused.  such as

  • Not growing
  • Leaf spots diseases 
  • Leaves curling
  • Verticillium wilt

But don’t despair, most gardeners have to deal with these hot wings maple tree problems.  So let’s discuss the problems in detail and know what kind of effective methods to apply to them. 

4 Common Problems of Hot Wings Maple Tree and Control Measure

Hot Wings Maple Leaf Problem

1. Not Growing

Although hot wings maple trees are low-maintenance plants there are some serious issues for which your tree doesn’t grow properly. As a result, even after becoming sufficiently mature, other parts like leaves, and branches do not grow properly.


  • Watering issue
  • Heavy snowfall
  • Poor Soil condition
  • Pruning mistake 

Control Measure

Hot-wing maple tree generally prefers moderate watering. You have to apply water according to the needs of the plant. First test the plant’s soil with a moisture metre, only water if it’s dry enough.

Although it is a cold-loving tree, excess frost can stunt the plant’s growth. So plant the tree in a protected place. Pruning is necessary to protect the tree from frost damage. 

Late winter and early spring are ideal times for pruning. You have to select the excess parts of the tree and prune them. It is very important to disinfect the pruning machine.

2. Leaf spots diseases

Hot wings maple tree is mainly popular for its leaves. But leaf spot disease spoils the beauty of leaves. Symptoms usually start as small brown spots on the leaves. Gradually, spots appear all over the leaves, the leaves curl and fall off.


  • Wet weather
  • Fungal attack
  • Lack of sunlight

Control Measure

You should be more careful with young plants than mature plants with leaf spot disease. If your location has high humidity then it should be reduced. You can easily control this by using a humidifier.

A fungicide spray application containing chlorothalonil will reduce plant infestation. Apply it twice at an interval of seven to ten days. Cut and burn the affected leaves as soon as possible. Pruning is necessary before the blooming season after recovery.

This plant generally prefers full sunlight with partial shade. At least six to seven hours of sunlight should be ensured daily. Therefore, at the time of planting, this place with sufficient sunlight should be selected.

3. Leaves Curling

Leaves curling in hot wings maple trees is quite a common problem. The leaves may turn yellow or brown and become curled or curled under normal conditions. Crinkling after a change in color indicates a dangerous problem.


  • High temperature 
  • Underwatering
  • Poor Soil

Control Measure

The hardiness of the hot wings maple tree is USDA zones 5-10. So they prefer an average to mildly low temperature. If your location is not in the optimum zone then you need to take extra care. The temperature should be kept above 30°F. Sufficient sunlight should be provided for the plants.

Clay, loam and sandy soil are best for hot wings maple trees’ frequent growth. The pH of the soil should be 6.5-7.5. Soil should have a water retention and drainage system. You can use organic compost to increase your soil quality. No need to use other fertilizers.

If the soil cannot retain the required water, it is necessary to water it frequently. Trees should not be planted in places where rainwater accumulates. 

4. Verticillium Wilt

Verticillium Wilt on Hot Wings Maple

The main symptom of Verticillium wilt is usually dark olive discoloration of the sapwood. Leaves also turn yellow, curl and drop. When young plants are infected, they usually die. Large trees may survive somewhat.


  • Fungal Attack
  • Water logging

Control Measure

Verticillium wilt can’t be treated effectively. Don’t compost the hot wings maple; instead, uproot and destroy the plant. Cut off the afflicted branches from landscaping plants and get rid of them right away. Use sick wood chips as mulch for your landscaping instead.

You must only buy healthy plants from reliable sources because the disease is transmitted through contaminated soil. Any unwholesome plant matter shouldn’t be composted.

Avoid moving the soil near infected plants. You must clean the pruning implements with a disinfectant before using them on any other plants.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do you get rid of black spots in the hot wings maple tree?

Leaf black spot is a very deadly plant disease. This disease is usually caused by a fungal attack. So a good quality fungicide is the only effective solution. However, measures must be taken so that the tree cannot be affected by the fungus.

What does verticillium wilt look like on Japanese maples?

Verticillium wilting produces different symptoms for different plants. The main symptom of maple trees is that the leaves take on a dark olive color. The leaves dry up and fall off.

What is the best fertilizer for maple trees?

Hot wings maple tree generally doesn’t need any fertilizer for frequent growth. But you can use a slow-release NPK (10-4-6) fertilizer if your tree has leaf spots or wilting problems. Using organic compost can also be effective.


One thing to keep in mind is that the symptoms of various tree problems mean that your tree is trying to tell you something. You have to understand that sign language. The sooner you do this, the better your plant’s chances of recovery.  

Hot Wings Maple trees do not require much care, but there are some basic requirements that you need to be very careful about. Hope my article will help you take proper care of your maple tree. Happy gardening.

James Rivenburg
James Rivenburg
James Rivenburg

James Rivenburg is the founder of plantandpest.com, a passionate gardener with valuable experience and knowledge gained through trial and error. The website has a large community of followers who trust his tips and techniques and have succeeded with his advice. He is always Committed to helping others create a beautiful and healthy garden.

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