Japanese Maple – Will Cicadas Hurt It

Cicada damage

Q: Will cicadas hurt my newly planted Japanese maple? 

A: If you are worried about the Brood X seventeen-year periodical cicadas, you can stop. These unique insects will not appear in Atlanta. Annual cicadas will emerge in May, as they always do, but their damage is rarely noticed. Female cicadas lay eggs under soft tree bark near branch tips. The branch dies and turns brown but, since it is small, no one notices. You can protect a small tree, if needed, by draping cheesecloth or 1/4″ mesh insect fabric over it. The next big cicada emergence in Georgia will be Brood XIX of the thirteen-year cicadas. Look for them in 2024.

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