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Prune maple into bush

Posted by mkirkwag Puget Sound (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 8, 08 at 13:58

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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RE: Prune maple into bush

  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Sun, Jun 8, 08 at 14:57

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.


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