Maintaining A Maple Gone Wild - Knowledgebase Question

N. Bend, WA
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Question by chcogle
April 8, 2001
I have a Maple tree in my back yard that doesn't have one trunk, it has many and the tree has taken up a lot of space. We would like to keep it, but it needs to be trimmed back and up. It is quite tall and the girth is very wide (wider than any of my fir trees). It probably has about 6-7 separate "trunks" that come out of the same area. Unfortunately I don't know what type of maple it is. Is it worth keeping? I do enjoy the tree, but we would like to landscape and it just seems like it might have gotten to out of control. Thank you for any suggestions.

Heidi Cogle

Answer from NGA
April 8, 2001
I think multi-trunked maples are a landscaping asset, because of their interesting growth pattern. It's possible to have a licensed arborist trim your maple, both to remove excess growth and to train it into a specific branch pattern. This is usually not a job for a homeowner! You can find a list of local arborists by visiting the ISA (International Society of Arborists) website at or by phoning your local Cooperative Extension office at (206) 296-3900.

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