A well-pruned Japanese Maple is a marvel, perhaps at its best in autumn, with blazing leaves set against a backdrop of black, twisting branches. Japanese Maples also add striking beauty to winter landscapes, when their bold branching is most visible. You will have to prune to show this maple at its best.
Here is a well-pruned Japanese Maple. Notice the light shining through its branching structure. *
Without proper tending, Japanese Maples get “hairy.” Too many shoots can make this noble tree look like a giant puff ball or Cousin It. The Japanese Maple above needs help.
Best Time to Plant a Japanese Maple
The best time to prune your Japanese Maple is in late winter or early spring, when the tree is still dormant. Before its leaves appear, you can see the tree’s architecture and will know which smaller branches to prune so you can highlight the Japanese Maple’s natural elegance. Prune wisely now, and enjoy your Japanese Maple in every season!
Looking for Ideas?
For ideas on Japanese Maple cultivars which will grow well in North Georgia, please see: Upright Japanese Maples – Beyond Emperor I.
For pruning tips, keep visiting this blog and talk with your landscape professional. For information about pruning tools, one source to consider for quality, Swiss-made products is www.felcostore.com.