My Chuhin Maple and a few other maples have been eaten by something! The buggers have stripped bark on branches causing either very slow budding or branch death! Could it be slugs, never had this before and of all my trees to eat they picked this one.
The damage can be seen clearly on this little maple that died as a result as it was on the trunk.
Fingers crossed I don’t loose too many branches, only time will tell. It’s already been set back quite a bit.