Q. How do I prune weeping Japanese Maple?

Answer

Pruning a weeping form of Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) is somewhat of an art, but if you take your time your tree will become even more magnificent as it matures. Always make clean cuts flush to the outside of the branch collar.  Systematically clip branches that are cascading to the ground around the perimeter of the tree until you reach the desired height.  There are basically two types of appearances, one exposing the inner trunk to view the beautiful form of the tree, or that of a more full, cascading nature.  The form of these trees resembles a cascading waterfall, making them a graceful and beautiful focal point in the landscape.

For some additional information on pruning Japanese maples, check out the links below.

Pruning Japanese Maples

Developing and Maintaining Weeping Plants

 

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Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service

  • Last Updated Apr 02, 2018
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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