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Can I prune a Japanese maple tree?

Question by my2thingz: Can I prune a Japanese maple tree?
I have a Japanese maple that is gorgeous, but I planted it a bit too close to my porch, and its starting to spread out, covering part of my patio. I need to know if I can prune it, and if so, when. Thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by Jasmyn
I love Japanese Maples, too. They have such lacy, delicate leaves. Yes, you can prune it. Spring is the best time, fall is the second best, and dormant winter pruning is my third choice. Get a book on pruning so you do it right, cutting any crossing branches. Selectively prune branches all the way to the main branch so as to let more light in and make a healthier tree.

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