Japanese maple trees, also known as Lace Leaf, are beautiful, elegant, and an excellent addition to most green spaces. Usually quite low maintenance, Japanese maples are beautiful all year round.
When to Prune a Japanese Maple
Japanese maples can be pruned any time of the year but we recommend doing it in either the winter or summer for best results.
- In winter, all of the leave will have fallen off the tree. This makes it easier to see exactly where to cut the branches.
- In summer when the leaves are in full bloom, it’s easier to see how much thinning is needed to see the elegant branch pattern of the interior and to allow light to the interior branches. This type of trimming also helps the interior branches from being shaded out and dying.
Tips for Trimming Japanese Maple Trees
If you’re planning to prune a Japanese maple yourself, follow these guidelines for best results:
- Prune to remove dead branches mostly on the interior.
- Avoid trying to majorly reshape. This will leave unsightly holes in the canopy.
- Avoid shearing. This will create growth inconsistent with the flowing, drooping branches.
- Use clean cuts back to lateral branches or buds.
- Disinfect your tools after each tree to prevent the spread of disease.
If you have questions about your Japanese maple, please contact us by phone at 503-226-7143 or fill out our online contact form and we’ll get back to you.
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November 14, 2018
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