Cracked trunk on Japanese Maple- any hope
Hello- I live in CT and we a horrible winter with several feet of snow and heavy ice. When I was finally able to get to maple (tucked behind a rocky pond). I found the trunk had crack between one main branch and the trunk. The crack was about 2 1/2 inches long with about 1 inch of branch and trunk still attached. On the advice of an arborist my husband bolted the split, which I eastimate was within 2/3 weeks of the crack. I am noticing now the branches attached to the main trunk are sprouting leaves while the branches attached to cracked branch have buds but no leaves. I scraped those branches a little and see green however.
Any chance the broken branch will get leaves? How soon before I give up hope? Anything I do to help it along?
The tree is about six years old.