Dead limbs - Knowledgebase Question

Orlando, Fl
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Question by jazcat
August 17, 2010
I have two young Red Maple trees, both about 6' tall. The main trunk, the part that is the tallest, seems dead, most likely because I didn't hand water enough after planting them. They have good leaves now but not on the highest limb. Should I trim that off or just leave it for now?

Answer from NGA
August 17, 2010
If you are sure the limb is dead, you can prune it off the tree. Scrape the bark first to make sure it's dead all the way through. If you see green tissue beneath the bark, it's still alive; if the tissue is brown or gray, it's dead. Hope your maple recovers!

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