Art of Pruning Japanese Maples

Interested in how we prune Japanese Maples?

At Maples for All Seasons we are Arborists specializing in pruning Japanese Maples and other ornamental trees. We have learned this from years of training including working with Master Pruners from Japan. Watch expert Pruner Sue Hoffer show the proper tools and how to prune.

Proper Pruning Tools for Japanese Maples

The Art of Pruning Japanese Maples Part 2

The Art of Pruning Japanese Maples Part 3


What to prune

The goal of pruning is to encourage the tree's natural and healthy growth. We look the tree over carefully, even getting under it and looking up, to identify what we want to prune.
Our work includes pruning
Broken, dead or deformed branches. Winterkill generally shows up on extremities -- branch tips and small twigs. You'll also often find deadwood at the bottom and inside of a tree, where branches have been shaded out.
Crossing branches. They often rub against each other, removing bark and allowing diseases and insects to enter a tree.
Branches growing inward or in the wrong direction. These might include branches growing skyward on a tree that has a weeping form.
Narrow-angled branches, sometimes called narrow crotches. These occur when two branches grow at angles less than 45 degrees from each other. Bark can become trapped in these narrow junctures, making them more prone to breakage. Beginners beware, it's best to consult an arborist for large branches with included bark.
Branches growing parallel.



Barry and Sue Hoffer, Owners and Arborists

  • Arborists, Specializing in Japanese Maples
  • Members of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA,) Western Chapter
  • Expert Pruners

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