The following was received via email: Hey there, I purchased a Japanese Maple about three months ago from a reputable local nusery here in Vancouver, BC. I believe it is 'Crimson Queen'. The tree is about three feet tall and looked amazing when I took it home. The tree lives on my terrace with morning sun and afternoon shade. It has been looking ill for over a month now. The leaves appear to be literally disintegrating. First they shrivel, then break apart and shrivel some more until there is nothing left but the twig. I have checked for bugs thoroughly but can't find any. I also water it regularily. However; when I do water it appears to drain right through the pot. The tree is in its original container which appears to contain a very hard clay soil. Is the tree perhaps not getting enough water because of lack of absorbtion into this" clay". What should I do? I love the thing and it was quite pricey so I don't want it to die. Please help.