Dear Helpful Gardener,
Apologies if I am posting this message in the wrong section...
I have just moved into a new home (in Canberra Australia - in case this makes any difference to your answer) which includes a wonderful garden that has around 15 Japanese maples in it. Two in particular look as though they need help.
Japanese Maple A) is around 4 metres high with predominately green leaf foliage, but only half (and I mean exactly half) of the branches have come into leaf - the other half of the tree is dead. Any ideas as to what may have caused such a catastrophy? Should I go ahead and lop the dead limbs?
Japanese Maple B) is a younger version of A). In 3 specific areas the foliage has turned almost white with fine varigation of the leaves and these particular leaves are also somewhat finer and seem a little distorted in shape compared to the (what to my eyes seem) healthy leaves on the rest of the tree.
The two trees mentioned are not close (one at front and the other at the back of the house) so I don't suspect the same thing wrong with both of them.
Any enlightenment you may be able to provide would be most welcome.