Ask a Question forum: Pruning on Japanese Maple

Views: 367, Replies: 3 » Jump to the end
Name: Barry Johnson
Tallahassee (Zone 8b)
Bearj
Jul 21, 2014 3:57 AM CST
I recently bought a Viridis Japanese Maple and I wanted to prune the bottom of the 3 foot tree, I noticed the main good size branch at the bottom, which weeps downward is the scion that was grafted on. The larger straight up portion looks very nice but I assume looking at a small akane seedling that I bought and the root stem was cut off, that the larger section is root stock from a Viridis maple , can I cut off the scion graft?, it is right on the ground. I am going to add a couple of photos to this previous post, to show the low scion ( I believe) can this low portion be trimmed off close to the trunk?
Thumb of 2014-07-21/Bearj/0e4f2c


Thumb of 2014-07-21/Bearj/bcbf71

[Last edited by Bearj - Jul 21, 2014 5:10 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #663467 (1)
Name: Paul Anguiano
Richland, WA (Zone 7a)
GW & DG: tropicalaria
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Garden Photography
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tomato Heads Organic Gardener Greenhouse Native Plants and Wildflowers Herbs
Image
psa
Jul 21, 2014 11:23 AM CST
It is very common to graft weeping maple varieties onto a standard to get them up off of the ground and produce a faster tree (it's not really required, as staking the young tree can get the same results, but takes longer). The scion is the desired variety that was grafted on top, and the rootstock is, of course, the part with the roots.

If your rootstock is sending out branches, you will almost certainly want to prune them off, as the rootstock is often more aggressive than the grafted variety. The sooner you do this the better, especially in Japanese maples which don't take kindly to heavy pruning. If you do cut off anything large, be careful that you don't cut into the collar near the trunk, and that you keep the cut clean and dry.
Name: Paul Anguiano
Richland, WA (Zone 7a)
GW & DG: tropicalaria
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Garden Photography
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tomato Heads Organic Gardener Greenhouse Native Plants and Wildflowers Herbs
Image
psa
Jul 22, 2014 12:45 PM CST
The picture you added does help me better understand what you're asking. It looks like the branch in question is indeed part of the top graft, and not the rootstock. I believe there is a graft visible below it, but it's hard to tell for sure from here.

In this case it is just a question of standard pruning, and the information I posted above about doing so applies. There is a recently cut branch above this one at the top of the first picture which appears to have been done correctly, so copy that one if you want to cut this one off as well. Japanese maples don't like being pruned this way, but they tolerate it better the younger they are and the smaller the branch.
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
For our friend, Shoe. Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Permaculture Container Gardener
Image
Horseshoe
Jul 22, 2014 1:07 PM CST
I agree with Paul, that's above your graft and could be cut off if you choose. If it were me I think I'd turn that tree into a "triple decker" though...

...When you plant it out face the lower (in-question) branch toward the public eye and it will become a lower level umbrella; your main foliage, which is really looking great, will be the second level, and it looks like you have an upper branch that is rising quite a bit above the middle section of the maple...this can be stem pruned along its length but leave the upper most foliage to become the upper umbrella. I know, I know, I'm weird, eh? :>)_

Shoe (jealous you have such a fine looking tree!)

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "Dianthus 'Nyewood Cream'"