I'm a new member. I garden in the Blue Ridge of south western Virginia, around Galax, if anyone is an old time music fan.
We had an unusually early and mild spring that encouraged all the perennials and trees to leaf out early. Then we had a pretty normal, but long lasting freeze. Almost a week of warm weather and then another cold snap. Most things came through all right, but 2 japanese maples, one a bloodgood and the other a crimson queen froze all the way back to the 1st branch. These are 9 year old trees. The bloodgood was almost 12 feet ;the crimson queen, well branched.
Now for the question. Do I cut them back just above the live growth? Will this result in an ugly, misshapen tree? Do I cut back to the ground and choose the healthiest regrowth and start over?
Thanks for the help.