This tree is on a friend of mine's roof terrace. It's been declining now for a couple of years. It was in a fairly exposed and extremely sunny spot. I'm assuming it's a bloodgood, but I'm no acer palmatum specialist... so I convinced her to move it to a sheltered corner spot where it will only get morning light, hoping that it will come back happier next spring. There are no signs of bugs and there are buds forming. It gets adequate water and has a large enough pot (maybe too large) and great soil. I'm not sure if she fertilizes. The wood appears green all the way through.
What do you think? Can we save it?
Is something else hurting it?
Could she have over fertilized?
What are the chances it will recover if it's happier in its new spot?