Laceleaf red japanese maple has no activity/buds
Last fall (late Sept. '06), I planted a beautiful laceleaf japanese maple in my small back yard, and now in early April, it has no activity or buds to indicate it survived its first winter. Should it have buds already, or am I being too impatient? My other red japanese maple is a bloodgood variety, and it is starting to bud already.
One thing that worries me is that this winter we had two storms which were heavy ice/sleet, however, immediately after each event, I dug the tree out of the frozen ice around its trunk.
Also, my laceleaf tree does not get a lot of sun where I put it. The sun starts hitting it in the late morning (because it's behind a fence), and then it is protected from the afternoon sun by the house.