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Glowing Embers branching

Posted by jim_on_lookout_mtn 7A,LookoutMtnAL (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 14, 08 at 14:10

This maple was purchased as Glowing Embers....the aggressive branching below the canopy started once the maple was in the ground. Should they be trimmed off? I am concerned they will impact the shape......or are there other concerns? thnx, Jim

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RE: Glowing Embers branching

I would personally trim most of them off completely, but you could trim some and leave some. However, you may be too late to prune it if the sap is running...and it is here in SC.

RE: Glowing Embers branching

I agree with Matt in in entirety ...David

RE: Glowing Embers branching

An earlier post indicated bleeding was not a problem......what is the concern? thnx for your responses. Jim

RE: Glowing Embers branching

IMHO you can prune anytime ( if necessary like storm damge etc) but it is always best to NOT do so when the sap is running...the life blood of the tree. A perfectly healthy tree will be likely ok but not so if any energy needed for healing a sick or young tree etc will thus it be hurt by your trimming . also you always have a chance disease will enter thru the cuts the more cuts the more entrance points ... So best time all around is fall after leaf fall when dormant sap will not be running and many fungus diseases will not be around...otherwise it least wait til summer ...I would agree with the majority here this is not a good time to be futzing with yiour tree ( in your zone) UNLESS it is absolutly necessary and as I see it although your tree is "prickly" with needless braches it is an aesthetic matter not an emergency. David

RE: Glowing Embers branching

Yes I suppose in most cases it is not too damaging to prune when they bleed...but they do bleed alot and we are talking basically syrup. That's alot of lost energy that could be used for growth and general health.

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