Why did my crimson queen die???
I bought and planted a Japanese Maple last fall (2009). I was mulched and watered all winter. I brew beer so every time I brewed i watered the plant heavily every few weeks in winter. Its also near the down spout of the gutter so it got water every time the snow melted.
This spring it started to leaf out. About 1/2 of the leaves came out and the buds on the other half did not. All of a sudden the leaves dried out and are turning brown. The other 1/2 of the leaves never budded. The root stock of the plant started to crack and the plant is now is sad shape. The garden store (city floral) has no idea what happened and just asked basic questions about watering and mulching. So help? What happened to this tree. I was wondering if the root graft didn't take or something. I attached some pictures:
Thanks for your help!