pruning - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by kelsunshine6
April 5, 2010
how to prune weeping japanese maple, plant code THDA2495

Answer from NGA
April 5, 2010


I know it can seem like a daunting task, but it's easy to prune a weeping Japanese maple. The trick to making Japanese maples look great is to separate the branches into over?lapping layers that don?t touch each other. Most single-stemmed plants have a series of scaffold branches that radiate in a roughly spiral fashion up the trunk. If a lateral branch from any of these scaffolds grows downward, crossing into the layer below, it should be removed or cut back to a side branch facing up and out. This is how the tree becomes layered, like a series of fans. Hope this clarifies things for you.

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