Hi all. I purchased a Bloodgood Japanese maple at the end of April. It's about 6 feet tall and did quite well until about a week ago when the leaves started to curl up and dry out. As of today, ALL leaves are drying up!!! My father planted one of these trees in this same location about 50 years ago and it thrived, growing huge... well over the roof of our house. It's a southern exposure, but I didn't think this was a problem considering the success of the previous tree. The old tree slowly began to die about 7 years ago and this spring it had no leaves at all so we cut it down and bought a new one. I don't know what is going wrong. We are in Connecticut and had an extremely wet spring... 8.5 inches of rain in May and 10.5 in June and very little sun. Now that July is here it's been dry (only an inch of rain so far) and bright and sunny and in the 80s to near 90. Is the tree just in shock from the change of conditions???? When the rain stopped I began watering it, but it's not helping. The leaves keep dying. My other concern is that I'm worried that maybe the 50-year-old tree had a disease that may have spread to the new tree. I don't know... I'm certainly no expert. Just hoping someone can give me advice and let me know if there is any hope for this young tree. Also, should I keep watering it?????