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Major limb removal may be made after you have followed
the entire limb back to it's origin. Are you sure you want to remove it? Will it lighten up the tree? Is it
in competition with other branches that might be more visually pleasing to the eye. It is a limb that
enhances the overall structure of the tree? Are there limbs that should be removed instead? These are
questions you need to ask yourself, when pruning Laceleaf Japanese Maples in Oregon. Many times, this is
something that someone with experience can just see with the eye. If this is not you, perhaps you need to
seek professional help?
With that in mind, do not over think the situation
either. If you are confident in what you are doing, remove the entire limb rather than making numerous
Any major cuts that are done, should be right at the
outer edge of the bulge where the branch meets the trunk. This is called the branch collar. It is very
critical to not leave a stub.
Do not remove a limb that is greater than 1/2 the
diameter of the main trunk. In older trees you may even consider less.
Try not to remove normal height from the tree as well.
Leave the stronger branches in place as long as they flow with the direction and structure of the
Remove all the new fine wispy growth from the center
of the tree, as this will deter from the actual shape of the tree. If you have a "gap" to fill, and one of
these limbs will fill that void eventually after time, do not remove it and simply manage it's
If you need to redirect a limb, this can be done by
tying the branch in question, to another more established branch. Help with its redirection. This can be done
by staking and tying as well, or by simply weighting down the branch.
Marti recommends an article on pruning your Laceleaf Japanese
Maple on OregonLive. The overall content and visualizations are exceptional.
Other websites that you might find helpful on Laceleaf Japanese Maple pruning
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