The Q&A Archives: Japenese Red Maple

Question: I have 2 Japanese Red Maple trees in our yard. ONe looks like the picture that was on the card when we bought it and the other seems to have a different kind of maple tree growing from it. Should I trim off the branches that don't look the same?

Answer: Jayne,

If they branches are emerging from low on the trunk they may be coming from below a graft or bud union and should be pruned back flush with the trunk. Otherwise it could be some sort of genetic mutation or "sport" and likewise should be pruned back to point of attachment.

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