How do I prune weeping Japanese Maple?


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.



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  • Last Updated Jun 10, 2024
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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