Bloodgood Japanese Maple Die-Off
I inherited the above tree when I bought my house 3.5 years ago, so I'm not sure of it's age or history.
It has primary northern and eastern exposure, with shelter from the harsh western sun and winds.
The first spring, a large section had died off, so I cut that section off. An existing branch grew into a central leader in the past couple of years.
This spring, a large part of the newly grown leader didn't leaf out after budding. There have been some new shoots of growth near the center.
The soil is mulched, and did receive extra watering last year as well.
The question now is whether I continue to prune off the dead sections and hope it grows reliably, or I replace it with something else that is a bit more hardy.
Comments welcome on how to maintain the tree and prevent die-off, or another ornamental to replace it with.