Standard Lilac

Hi,
I have a standard lilac tree (a graft of a lilac plant). I have it for over 5 years and it has never been pruned. Now, 2 of the branches from the center of the graft is not producing leaves so I think it is because the branches are too heavy and the graft is damaged??? I am not sure. If I removed the 2 dead branches, it will deform the tree (because right now it is a perfect globe shape, except no leaves/flowers on those branches). What should I do?
Thx, Alex
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No leaves = dead. You have two choices. You can leave the dead branches or you can remove them. Your theory about the branches being too heavy doesn't seem right to me.
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snipped-for-privacy@freenet.carleton.ca (Alex Ng) wrote in message

Alex if the branches are dead it's best to remove them as they provide a place for rot and fungi that can damage living tissue to gain a foothold.
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