Pruned Japanese Maple
The frost earlier this year seemed to have nearly destroyed the medium sized lace-leaf japanese maple on the side of our house. It's finally filled out with some new growth around the main stems, but the outer limbs are dry and brittle. A friend of my husband's said to leave it alone until next year and it would grow back. Unfortunately, my dad just visited and cut away everything that looked dead, including some of the larger limbs. Now I'm all distraught that my favorite tree has been mutilated, and I let it happen. What I really want to hear is that it's all ok, my tree will be fine, and this was the right thing to do. What I'm afraid is that all of those limbs would have revived next year and now my large tree is a big stump.