My japanese maple hasn’t re-leaved since a late hard frost, but its sprouting @ the bottom. Is it dead?

Question by SayWhat?: My japanese maple hasn’t re-leaved since a late hard frost, but its sprouting @ the bottom. Is it dead?
Obciously there is some life to it since there are new leaves at the very base of the trunk. It was in full glorious bloom until we had a very hard late freeze. All the leaves withered and died and nothing has come back on the branches or along the trunk except at the very base. I want to salvage this expensive tree that has been the centerpiece of my prized hosta bed. Should I cut it back or what?

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Answer by poopsie
Do not cut back. The new growth will continue up the tree. Be patient.

What do you think?

One Response to “My japanese maple hasn’t re-leaved since a late hard frost, but its sprouting @ the bottom. Is it dead?”

  1. sallyvisualfuture says:

    First question, how many years has the tree been established? If you just planted it last year, it might be lost. If it’s been around for several years, it will probably recover.

    Those leaves at the base are called suckers. Remove them so that the tree will give more energy to the branches. You might spend some time pruning out what is definatly dead, but I would not cut it back. If it doesn’t leaf this year, it will probably leaf next spring.

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