Help with dying Bloodgood
I am worried that my poor tree may be dying and am desperate for help. It's a Monrovia Acer palmatum var. atropurpureum `Bloodgood`. I bought the tree last November and we kept it inside all winter as a houseplant. In March I noticed that it did not seem to be doing too well in the house. It had a few dead twigs on the ends of some of the branches and it didn't have any leaves at all. It had a lot of leaf buds on it though, so I hoped that planting it in the yard where it would get more sun would help.
Ten days ago I planted the tree in our backyard and trimmed off all of the dead wood. It's located about ten feet away from the house. It gets lots of sun in the mornings and the house shades it in the afternoons. We have heavy clay soil and I'm worried about drainage around the tree. I dug another hole the same day as I planted the tree, but I haven't gotten around to planting anything in the hole yet. I've noticed (with alarm) that the hole is full of standing water that has not drained out for the past ten days. I was worried that my poor tree was sitting in water so I bought a moisture meter from Lowe's and tested the soil and it reads very wet. I have not watered the tree for 10 days so I feel certain that it is sitting in water that is not draining.
I am very new to gardening and have no idea how long things take to take affect. The tree has been planted for 10 days now and hasn't had any more of it's limbs die as far as I can tell. 1 leaf has opened up, but it is only about 1/4" big. I didn't expect such tiny leaves. None of the other buds have opened yet. I scratched the bark on several of the limbs and it is green underneath so I feel that the tree isn't dead yet. But I don't know what to do for it. Should I leave it alone and see how it does or should I dig it up and try to improve the soil around it?