Answer: It's possible the top of the tree died over the winter months. Try scraping the bark on the bare branches. Use your fingernail to remove a little of the bark and look for green tissue just below the bark. Green means its alive and there's still hope it will leaf out; brown tissue means it is dead and can be pruned away. If most of the branches are dead the tree may not recover. The green shoots indicate the roots are still alive, but depending upon the size and age of the tree and where the shoots are emerging, it might be best to simply replace the tree. Wish I had better news for you!
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