upside-down Japanese Maple

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Old 06-04-16, 06:25 PM
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upside-down Japanese Maple

A relative's Japanese Maple planted 2yr ago has a strange look to it this spring.
Is this tree sending a message with a robust growth of leaves at the base and none on the branches?
The tree receives no care, so looking to help if there's something wrong that can be corrected.
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Surfin
 
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Old 06-04-16, 07:02 PM
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Looks like a severe case of winter kill. They are not hardy trees for winter climates.
 
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Old 06-04-16, 07:21 PM
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The previous winter was very cold/snowy, and the tree did fine last year.
This past winter wasn't nearly as bad.

Assuming winter kill, just water the tree and keep fingers crossed?
Do these trees normally recover from conditions as shown in the photo?

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Snow insulates the tree, preventing the base of the tree from getting much below 32. It will need a lot of pruning as it grows back. Give it time. Don't be quick to prune the parts with no leaves just yet. They aren't hurting anything for now.
 
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Is there a way to know when it's OK to prune the branches? Not a single leaf on them.

The leaf growth at the base of the trunk is very dense -hoping that's a sign this tree will recover.

Thanks XSleeper!
 
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