Any hope for my 35 yr. old tree?
Hello everyone - I live in Zone 5a. Last year at this time we experienced the widespread killer freeze that hit many midwestern states. I've just had the heart-wrenching realization that my beloved 35 year old Japanese maple seems to be completely dead. I can find no green wood, no buds, the bark has split and is peeling off in several places. I've gradually been pruning more and more until today I removed an entire very large (4 in. diameter) limb with no life found.
Can anyone say whether there is any hope for this tree at all - are the roots still likely to be alive, is there anything that might save it?