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Japanese Maple central trunk dying

D Bee
16 days ago

Hi, 5th summer in my garden, the star plant in our open pergola, this Japanese maple's central trunk has had a few issues over the past few years. We started protecting it in the winter with a fabric wind shield (not wrapped tight around the tree). The last month the central trunk started showing real stress. The leaves are fading and wilting and not developing like the lower branches. Obviously, this specimen is growing more as a clump now.

I am considering removing this central part of the tree. Any thoughts on if or how I should remove this large branch. These are pics from today.

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