Posted: 25/05/2016 at 18:43
Hello to all
I have an acer that is approx 19 years old and am worried that it is dying pretty quickly.
It had lived in a pot until 2 years ago, when we decided to put it into the ground because it had outgrown its home and was already in a large pot which was unfortunately plastic and the outer roots had scorched. The soil smelt dreadful due to poor drainage, so it had really been suffering in silence.
Its first summer in the ground (2014) was very hot and it lost its leaves early but came back last year, seemingly relatively happily, although I started to notice some of the branches were dying off. I didn't panic too much as this had happened on previous years without too problem and I assumed it would take a while to recover from its house move.
However, this spring, none of the leaf buds have opened, it's a bare skeleton, and the bark and branches show dreadful discolouration.
What is this and what do I do? Cut everything back until I find life or leave it to live or die? It's a beautiful tree when its healthy and after nearly 20 years it would be a real shame to loose it now.
Please see attached photos taken this evening (the one of it in leaf is from last year).