Prune maple into bush

mkirkwag(Puget Sound)June 8, 2008

The same Japanese maple from my previous question - a red maple about 2 stories tall - regularly gifts us with seedlings. We have a sapling growing in an inappropriate place. It's about 3-4' (not sure - it arches). I know we won't be able to get it out of there with its roots intact - too many competing roots in the area. You can prune a fig tree into a bush, but I haven't heard of doing it with maples. I wonder what would happen if I pruned this little guy instead of removing him? I know it wouldn't turn into a true bonsai without root pruning. Has anyone ever tried this? If so, what was the result? Thanks for sharing!

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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Yes you can restrain it with pruning. Start by reading the discussion of pruning in a copy of Vertrees/Gregory, Japanese Maples. It is probably in your local public library system somewhere.

Or you could look at a copy at the Miller Horticultural Library at the University of Washington Botanical Gardens in Seattle. Probably still open Mondays until 8PM, for those who can't get there during the day.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2008 at 2:57PM
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