partially dead Japanese maple - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by chryscurtis
August 11, 2010
I have a small Japanese maple in a pot. It got dried out and some of its leaves are brown and dead looking. Some are green so it's not completely gone. If I prune out the dead branches will it ever fill out or will it be disfigured forever?

Answer from NGA
August 11, 2010
If you are sure the branches are dead you can cut them off the plant. As your maple grows and matures it should fill out by developing new branches all over. If only the leaves are dead but you think there might still be life in the bare branches, leave them alone for now. If they are still alive, your maple will develop new leaves on them next spring. I hope the branches are okay!

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