Hi all! Long time no post. I was recently introduced to this Japanese maple that seems 90% dead. There are leaves on just a couple branches. The lady who owns it said the former gardener had told her it died from lack of watering. And that perhaps a droughty summer several years back killed it. Today I also noticed a chimney beside it, coming out of the neighbour's garage. No idea what comes out of the chimney.. a possible cause? The lady seems to want to keep the tree and give it a chance. The tree seems quite old, and I thought that J. Maples don't need waterings after the first 1-2 years. There is no obvious sign of pest or disease. Just a lil bit of lichen on the trunk. The tree lives in the south part of Vancouver and has full sun exposure. Thoughts on whether it will come back or not, and why it died in the first place?