Late freeze caused Japanese red maples to loose leaves. Very little foilage left.

Late freeze caused Japanese red maples to loose leaves and now more then half of the tree is just brown branches. Should they be trimmed off or wait and see if it comes back next year? The trees were lush and had beautiful foliage before the late frost in March. I am heartsick as both trees were beautiful. One is about 5 years old and and the other about 2. What should I do? They have survived very cold and snowy winters in the past but this last late frost took its toll.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Here in Missouri, we have trimmed back dead wood and waited to see what parts of the trees recover. Then prune to develop an esthetic shape. Some  trees have not recovered and must be removed while others appear to be doing surprisingly well.


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