Pruning a young red maple - Knowledgebase Question

Southfield, Mi
Question by wmelee
May 16, 2009
I purchased a red maple last week and recent planted it. It is approx 8 feet tall with a 3/4

Answer from NGA
May 16, 2009


If you cut the top, you might damage the central leader which could result in flat growth, which would be abnormal for a maple. These trees often look gangly in youth but fill out nicely as they mature. I'd just leave it alone and let it fill out on its own.

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