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Acer tree coral bark

I am not sure what to do with my acer tree. As you can see from the photo, the branches on the right have has no leaves and colour has not changed. Are these branches dead, do I cut them off or leave it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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nutcutlet

That looks pretty dead to me Christine

Mine gets like this every winter as some branches get frozen to death, especially at the tips.  I take out the grey ones in early spring, cutting back to red stems then give it a good top dressing of pelleted manure and a liquid tonic of tomato food and then I wait.

By the end of May it's clear which stems are live and shooting and then I cut out the rest.  Sometimes late spring frosts do a bit more damage.  My tree is now about 8 years old and 2.5 metres high.

Thank you both for your advice. I will get dense of the dead stems and then see what happens. 

Welshonion

It may be a blessing in disguise as the tree was far too near the fence and would have had to be removed quite soon anyway.

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