Compact Japanese Maple
We planted a compact Jap Maple last spring and it was beautiful. By far my favorite plant in our yard.
We have had a cold spring so I am not necessarily concerned that it is not budding yet. But it did not drop its leaves last fall. We had a sudden freeze early last fall which I am sure had something to do with it.
Three things I noticed:
1) The old leaves are brown and crunchy
2) The Branches have turned a reddish color looking like they have come out of dormancy
3) I tore off the tip of one of the branches and it was a greenish color inside so I believe that means it is still living
IS there anything I can do to help speed up the removal of the old leaves so we can get some new ones? Should I remove the old leaves by hand?