Pruning Maple Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Minnetonka, Mi
Question by susandewerf
May 20, 2009
When is the best time to prune maple trees in MN? I have 2 fairly young trees (7 years old) with low hanging branches. I would like to remove the lower branches.

Answer from NGA
May 20, 2009


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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