Is this maple leaf scorch?

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    Hi everyone, was at this garden today and saw this. Is this scorch or is it something else? I hope you can help.
     

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    It looks to me like an Acer that has been left in too sunny a position, so yes scorched. I learned that lesson with mine when I first got it, putting it in a big pot on the sunny side of the patio and it almost killed the poor thing. It is now planted in a shady spot, and absolutely thriving
     
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      Thanks for that. It's been in this spot for some years but this is the first time that it's showed signs of this scorching. Mind you, with that long sunny spell maybe this year will show some different signs on plants. Thanks again.
       
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      Mine looks exactly the same - got caught out on our terrace during the heatwave I didn't think to put up a shade for it in time!

      I had trouble with it before when it got too wet, and when it used to live next to a cordyline which whipped it in windy weather. It always seems to bounce back though!
       
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        Thanks CecyFleur. Yup, I think that heatwave meant that we are seeing things on our plants that certainly I hadn't seen before. Three months of almost no rain in Scotland, with a lockdown that meant we couldn't go far to enjoy it! Thanks for your reply. I read on RHS that scorch happens when leaves lose water faster than roots take it in, so a layer of compost around the base of the trunk without touching it and some more watering. Who would have thought that Scottish gardeners would have to water their established garden plants?
         
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          Slightly off topic, but where in Scotland are you? (Fellow Scot, exiled in England)
           
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          That's what I was wondering @Fat Controller. April and May were dry here but we've had rain almost every day since the beginning of June.
           
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            So sorry folks, but I had to chuckle at this thread. Absolutely my dear friend FC. no offence. Last time I saw you. You was not shackled or restrained. Bonny Scotland isn't the otherside of the world. (I am other members, pray that you stay).Smile.

            As a lifelong fellow of the RHS. I agree with their comment. YES there are so many strange things happening in this world of ours. At one time the saying that seasons could be identified, by the fall of the leaf. No longer is that true. To the sceptics of climate change. I suggest they consider gardening problems such as this.

            Of course. The favourite tree,shrub plants some decades ago, can't be moved. However potted, containerised plants can be moved.

            I find myself saying the same thing over and over again. With all of our plants, trees and shrubs. All are at times being very hard hit, by the changing weather conditions etc. I feel certain that my friend. Prof. Brian Cox could add some useful info asto why the suns rays suddenly appear to be more dangerous, not only to plants but humans.

            To close. May I yet again, repeat myself. In the plant world. The plant structure. Leaves are what might be call the frontline defenders. Viruses, fungal infections along with bacterial infections. The leaves are the defenders.
             
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            I'm in Falkirk. March, April and May were simply astonishing. Sunniest spring on record according to the BBC. Like Sheal noted, June has been a return to more wet weather.
             
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              At the moment Scottish weather is set to improve towards the end of next week Tom - but that all could change between now and then. :th scifD36:
               
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              Dry springs are becoming the norm, this year it was extra sunny with it.
              I think Jap maples have always preferred some shade from drying winds and strong sunshine, especially in spring with soft your foliage.
               
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