Problem with Crimson Queen Japanese maple

shelli563(zone 6 MA)June 8, 2014

I've had this maple for about 10 years. I bought it mature and had it at my prior house that was a zone warmer for about 6 years where it did very well. 4 years ago we successfully transplanted to a new house. It took a year to recover but was looking good the past 2 years. This winter was particularly cold and long. Tree budded mid May, mostly on the very bottom and random spots around the tree. Much of the tree has no leaves. It's heartbreaking to see, but not sure what to do except wait and see. I've posted some pics-- any thoughts or advice on what I can do to help it?
Thank you!

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cearbhaill

Not seeing any pics.
Anyway, not much you can do except remove the dead portions and wait. If there is not much viable growth left I would not be going in trying to shape it- it needs every leaf it has purely to sustain itself.
After a year or two of looking at it you can decide whether or not it is worth keeping.
I would certainly give it that amount of time, though, seeing as you have a sentimental attachment to it.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 7:05AM
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shelli563(zone 6 MA)

Here's the photo :)

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 8:17AM
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shelli563(zone 6 MA)

Here's Another photo

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 8:20AM
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Linda

Not much you can do except wait and see. Did you have a lot of snow cover? Snow will protect a plant from cold temperatures and drying winds and the foliage/flowers will not be damaged. That is the reason lower leaves and flowers open in the spring on the lower half of plants while those on the top do not.

Linda

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 8:27AM
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shelli563(zone 6 MA)

Here's Another photo

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 1:03PM
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shelli563(zone 6 MA)

Yes.... Lots of snow is normal... At least a few feet of snow thruout the winter.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 1:11PM
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