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My Acer only has leaves at the bottom

My Acer has lots of beautiful leaves at the bottom and none at the top. It is growing in a large pot and has done really well in past years. I've had it for approximately 10 years and looked after it well. It is situated in a sheltered spot but it still gets sunshine   and just looks beautiful with its blood red leaves. Should I cut off the part that hasn't got leaves or just leave it as it is. Any advice would be really appreciated. Thanks image

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  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Prune it back to healthy wood-it sounds as though some of the top growth had died off.

  • donutsmrsdonutsmrs Posts: 479

    Thank you sotongeoff, the wood does look quite grim at the top so I will have a look tomorrow, weather permitting of course. Its been pouring down hear in Bournemouth on and off all day.

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Bournemouth-I am in Southampton-we are practically neighbours!!!

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619

    I've had more than the usual amount of winter die back in my established pot grown acers this year. I've cut back to healthy wood, as Sotongeoff advises, and will wait and see what happens next. I'm in South Devon.

  • my acer is similar. i have found out that it does not like cold wind or draughts. We are on top of a welsh hill and now i have moved it to a lower more sheltered but sunny part of the garden it has come back into leaf.

  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    I had substancial die back on my oldest Acer last autumn, I cut out the dead wood this Spring.

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     You can see the dead bit in this pic

  • neatbushneatbush Posts: 34

    Hi i have a acer and at the moment it looks fab with its rright red leaves, but every year i need to trim out the dead wood  and it soon springs back.

    ive also got the one in the above post but its only a twig at the moment so i will keep in a pot for now.

  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    Hehe, that was a twig 15yrs ago! I bought it from Woolworthsimage

  • neatbushneatbush Posts: 34
    Wintersong wrote (see)

    Hehe, that was a twig 15yrs ago! I bought it from Woolworthsimage

    LOL so was my maple eight years ago but its not as big as yours.

  • donutsmrsdonutsmrs Posts: 479

    Hi everyone, I will be cutting my Acer back this weekend so fingers crossed it will be ok. Sotongeof, hows the weather been today in Southampton, its been heavy showers here in Bournemouth on and off but we have had some lovely sunshine aswell and the garden is loving it, but then it is "sunny Bournemouth" LOL image

    Thank you everyone.

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