I have two Red Acer plants. They were both young and small when I bought them last year. I did find some bugs on the branches of the green one, so I sprayed them with bug spray. The one with the green leaves looks okay now. The bugs are gone and it has new leaf growth, but there's nothing on the red one, just twigs without leaves. It seems as if it has buds, but they haven't developed into leaves.

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It sounds as if the red leaved one has died over winter - they do get dieback quite often, and in a small plant, that might be what's happened. Scrape back a little of the bark covering near the base of the plant with your fingernail - if its brown and dry beneath, then its definitely dead. You haven't said where you are in the world, nor whether these plants were in pots or in the ground, but maybe the red leaved one went short of water at some point.

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