What to do: Sagging JM branches with new growth?

fogbelt_steve(9)April 15, 2010

I have two regular, green Japanese Maples that are growing very quickly and the branches are sagging with the weight of the new leaves. I haven't given them any fertilizer. In the past, I've used stakes and ties to keep them upright. One is about 7' and the other about 5' (the smaller one isn't as bad). I may be able to tie up the large one for one more year with bigger stakes, but that might be the last time because of their height.

Can someone tell me what would be the best thing to do with these drooping branches, both now and in the furture? I've uploaded a photo with a link below. Thanks for your help.

Here is a link that might be useful:

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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

I have a similar at a glance japanese maple from the arbor day foundation. Its out in the middle of the yard getting most of a full day of sun.

Are yours getting a bit of shade?

Mine is bushy and sags a bit in the summer. No with leaves on it the fella is shorter than it was a month ago!

Where did you get yours? Some of the cultivars are bred to sag, weeping they'll call it. Wonder how we can work with that natural beauty.....

    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 3:55PM
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fogbelt_steve(9)

These Japanese Maples are getting nearly full sun here on the northern California coast. I grew the larger tree from seeds a few years ago. It is NOT one of the weeping varieties. The stakes in the photo are from last year and aren't being used now.

I'm wondering if I can thin out the new growth to lessen the weight on the branches?

    Bookmark   April 16, 2010 at 1:40AM
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kaitain4(7)

Prune. Prune. Prune. Don't be afraid of it - take control.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2010 at 10:27PM
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