Answer: Unfortunately, it sounds like the tree was planted too close to the building.The tree is growing outward in an attempt to reach more light, a normal growth pattern for trees planted next to buildings. Many of the "cute" little Japanese maples eventually grow to be trees in the twenty foot range and the species itself is in the forty foot range. Most of the finely dissected leaf forms mature to about eight feet however. You could try pruning it during the summer, to avoid an outpouring of the clear sap. Alternatively, and if the tree is not too large yet, you might consider transplanting it either this fall or very early next spring.
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