I need some advice, ASAP!
Here's the situation:
One of my Japanese maples had all its leaves scorched. The branches are now beginning to die back. Since all the leaves and viable buds were destroyed, the die-back is spreading down the branches into the trunk. Below the level of the die-back, there are a couple of nodes where buds could form. The roots are still healthy. I've placed it inside a plastic tent to protect it from the wind.
So here's what I'm desperate to find out:
(1) Is there any chance of recovery on its own?
(2) Would it help if I cut and sealed the affected branches/trunk off below the level of the die-back? If I could at least save it as a stump, that would be great. Or, would that make it worse?
I'll really appreciate any help I can get.
Here's a picture: [img]https://www.flickr.com/photos/thrasymakhos/4859245224/in/set-72157624524928685[/img]