Lace Leaf Maple - Knowledgebase Question

Silverdale, Wa
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Question by rosiem4
April 6, 2010
Can you prune a Lace Leaf Maple? If so, how do you do it?

Thanks, Lori

Answer from NGA
April 6, 2010
You can prune a Japanese Lace Leaf maple and now's a good time to do it. I aways recommend you prune slowly and deliberately - you can always go back and prune off more but you can never un-cut a limb. The only secret to pruning is to remove a branch or limb completely, back to its source of origin. If you simply shorten a branch, the tree will respond by growing two or more new branches at the site of the cut. You can thin the canopy by completely removing branches but be sure to trace them back to their original point and move or shake it so you know what you'll be removing from the tree before making your cut. If you like the look the cut will make, go ahead and remove it. The general rule of thumb in pruning is to remove less than one third of the live material during any single pruning session. Hope this offers some guidance.

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