The Q&A Archives: pruning maple trees

Question: Can I prune a few lower limbs off the trees at this time without hurting the trees.

Answer: You can prune those branches off in late spring or early summer. Some trees, such as birch, dogwood, elm, honey locust, maple, and walnut exude excessive sap from the wound when pruned in late winter or early spring. Sap flow does not hurt the tree. If you prune in late spring, summer, or fall you will minimize sap flow. Best wishes with your tree.

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