Can anyone tell me if this Acer is still alive. It was removed from the ground last summer as it was in the shade I potted it, but I think it may have drowned. I've replanted it in a sunnier spot. But I'm unsure if it's already dying #garden #tree #acer #advice-acer @ukgardentags @teamgardentags
Definitely not dead or drowned, you will get some die back every year which needs pruning and the dieback will be worse if the conditions it needs haven't been fully met. I've rescued several from wheelie bins and skips because people think they are dead! 🍁👍
If you think it suffered last year, best to hang fire on the pruning, just nurse it till next spring and re-assess after the buds come out, you will know when the wood is dead because it will quickly lose its bark and become dry/brittle, I prune these back to just above the last node before the healthy growth starts again, so it will leave a little bit of dead wood on the branch, this helps stop infection by cutting into branches which are still growing and is soon hidden by new leaves/growth.
From the photo I can't see too much wrong with it, although I can't seem to zoom in to look closer! also sometimes birds pull the new buds out looking for insects and then you'll have to wait for the second buds to come through, I've had two ravaged by birds this year, and it makes a bit of a mess as the second buds are more of a survival mode than vigorous growth. Lesson learnt was to make sure the birds have lots of seed etc so they leave my plants alone!