I have a crismon queen Japanese Maple. Would like to know how and when to
prune? I also have a problem with deer. They seem to want to eat my small
"Bloodgood" maple every year. What do I do about this??? Thanks
Can't tell you about the Bloodgood, although making a short fence around it
of chicken wire might do the trick.
Pruning Japanese maples, specially the smaller lacelaf varieties like
Crimson Queen, is something you want to take on with a good deal of care and
forethought. Most of these smaller grafted forms need very little pruning,
other than to remove dead wood. They develop very sculptural forms over time
which unthoughtout pruning can mangle. It is best to site them where their
spread (which can be considerable) is unencumbered. If you do need to reduce
their spread, you want to carefully cut back branches to a joint from which
another branch emerges, preferrably on the top of the branch. This will
allow the foliage to gracefully cover the pruned cut. Pruning should be done
while the tree is dormant, but before February when the sap starts moving
again. J. maples are heavy bleeders and you want to avoid pruning when the
sap is actively moving. One can also prune lightly in June - sap tends to be
more sluggish then.
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you make a cage for the tree to keep the deer off. Ingrid
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