How to trim this Japanese maple?

tigernycSeptember 17, 2013

Hi all! I have read up on how to trim a Japanese maple and I can't seem to find definitive advice (or alternatively, I am not a good researcher haha)

With regard to the bottom of the tree, I know some people like to trim it off the ground. I am not concerned with that.

However, regarding some branches near the top of the tree - some are growing askew at weird angles that are not consistent with the upside down umbrella shape. Do I trim those back? Lop them off completely?

Pics attached.

And advice appreciated. Thanks!

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gardengal48

It needs no pruning :-) Those branches coming out at an angle on top will eventually start to cascade as they elongate. FWIW, that umbrella shape in these kinds of JM's is not very uniform unless intentionally made to look that way. It is not my preference to force that sort of growth habit - I prefer a much more natural look - but that is your choice.

If you feel you DO need to prune, wait until December or in late June. These are the two best times to prune Japanese maples without excessive bleeding.

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tigernyc

This is great advice. Many thanks!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 9:10AM
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