Japanese maple - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by skhaynes
April 28, 2010
Now that spring is here, the limbs on my Japanese maple are really spreading a lot. I know that I can't prune it now, but can I trim the limbs like we do hedges and other shrubs during the growing season?

Answer from NGA
April 28, 2010


I trim some of the new growth from my Japanese maple when it is emerging in the spring and I can tell that it is misplaced or growing in the wrong direction. Your tree will continue to put new growth for several weeks so go ahead and prune it back. It won't hurt your maple unless you take off lots and lots of plant material all at one time. You can shorten the branches by cutting back the new growth now - similar to trimming a hedge. Best wishes with your Japanese maple.

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