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Last Updated: 25th Feb 2024

Can I prune Japanese maple during winter?

Pruning Japanese maples can be done at any time, provided you are careful. These maples can be pruned in summer or winter. It is easier to see the branch structure when the leaves are out of sight in winter and make the correct cuts.



Similar to the Japanese maple, when should it be pruned?

Pruning Japanese Maple Trees: The winter months are the best time to prune most ornamental and fruit trees. Japanese maples should be pruned in winter, and then wait until spring when the leaves are out for fine pruning.

Can you also hard prune a Japanese maple tree? Young Japanese maples can be pruned, but cutting back branches can cause them to become awkward or skinny. Don't cut down dead or diseased branches until your tree is at least 15-years-old. Never take out more than 1/3 of a tree's foliage.

This is how to prune a Japanese maple tree.

There are four steps to pruning the upright Japanese maple. First, remove lower limbs from shrubs and trees that are low-growing or could block walkways. Next, trim any dead timber, i.e., any brittle or dead twigs that are no longer growing foliage. The third step is to split the tree into its layers.

How can you keep a Japanese maple small and healthy?

How to Keep Japanese Maple Trees Minimal

  1. Compact varieties can be purchased that reach less than 10 feet in height. According to Clemson University Extension, you can try Inaba Shidare or Crimson Queen.
  2. Cass Turnbull, Fine Gardening magazine advises that mature trees should be pruned gently in summer and winter to maintain their natural shape.
  3. Delay pruning young trees.