I’ve been working for the last few years on a Japanese maple my mother collected as a seedling. The last time I worked on the tree, I removed a couple of large branches. Since then, the tree has grown freely to help heal the scars.
Now that some of the new sacrifice branches are getting big, I shortened or removed them to prevent them from getting any bigger. The big cuts will also give the tree a chance to produce new buds in the tree’s interior.
Japanese maple – after cutback
The tree can continue to grow freely at this point, but I’ll check on the new buds in a month or two to see if any of the new shoots need wiring.
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