Laceleaf Japanese Maple Tree Pruning


Laceleaf Japanese Maples

Where to Plant

When positioning the Laceleaf Japanese Maple in your landscape, make sure that the tree has adequate space to grow. Make sure that you plant it well away from structures, walls, and or other substantial vegetation. While they are slow growing, you do not want them to be crowded, or do the crowding in the future.

Set your tree as the focal point in your yard. Let its beauty stand out from its surroundings.

Make sure you plant in an area that is well protected from the wind, as the leaves and branches of the laceleaf maple are very delicate and prone to breakage in adverse weather.

Be aware that if a tree is planted in a sun exposed area close to a wall or home siding, the reflection may cause foliage to burn during the summer months.

Container planting will allow you to move the plants around during the year in order to accent your deck or yard according to the color of the season.

Full sun to partial shade is best, depending on the type of maple. Make sure to determine the necessary sun exposure required for the variety of tree that you choose to plant. (see sun exposure)

Moist ground, but well drained, promotes healthy tree growth. Planting in mounded areas also helps with drainage. (see soil specifications)

If you have to do heavy pruning to an established tree in order to make it fit into a space, it is best to move the entire tree instead.

When to Plant
Laceleaf  Japanese Maples is best done during the winter and or early spring before the leaves come back. Try not to transplant in the summer to avoid heat shock to your tree.


Refrain from pruning newly transplanted Laceleaf Japanese Maples. Let them establish themselves,  sometimes up to two to three years. Use your best  judgement.

The best time to transplant these delicate trees  is from January through March when the tree is dormant and before the leaves have reappeared in the spring.

While  Laceleaf Japanese Maple  trees can be transplanted at other times of the year as well, it is advisable to avoid transplanting in the summer. This could cause severe heat shock.

* Make sure your hole is as deep as the root ball, and twice as    wide.
* Untangle and loosen the roots in the root ball.
* Set the tree into the hole and make sure that the root ball is     even with the top of the hole.
* Fill in the hole with a mixture of soil and compost, then pack down.
* Form a raised ring around the outside of the hole area and water well.

(Tsugawa Nursery in Washington recommends Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost or Acid Planting Mix, Peace of Mind Japanese Maple Fertilizer, and Bonide root N Grow)



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Transplanting Laceleaf Japanese Maples in Oregon


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