Last winter was particularly hard our on local trees. It got really warm in February and many trees began to come out of hibernation filling their tissue with sap. Then, it got very, very cold again and all that soft tissue and new sap froze and was killed.
If you’re like most folks, this didn’t become apparent until the tree started to leaf out looking something like this poor maple planted by one of our customers the previous fall.
As you can see, it’s kind of a sad picture but the tree is still alive. This customer opted to see how it fared through the summer before asking us about pre-winter care.
While there are never any guarantees, you can choose to prune or pull it and replant. This customer chose to prune by trimming those dead branches off. So the while the growth got a bit stunted, this little Maple should be fine moving forward!