Maybe this has been beat to death somewhere else but I couldn't find a thread on it. I've heard it said that dead wood is never really appropriate or desirable on a deciduous tree. I've found however that some of the most interesting deciduous trees have uro's, or other trunk features that contain at least some dead wood. Some very prominent artists seem to use them regularly. While dead wood breaks down faster, trees in nature are in all states of decay and regrowth. So what are peoples thoughts? is it appropriate or desirable to have dead wood on a deciduous tree? Is it just personal taste? Is it a cyclical fad? Is it species dependent (ok on a Trident but not on a Japanese maple)? If so what species is it appropriate on? Which types of dead wood are appropriate (like a chinese maple with a jin seems kind of uncommon)?