Q.Pruning A Young Japanese Maple
I planted two Japanese maples (Bloodgoods) two years ago. They’re growing rapidly with some much higher than others (examples included) and I’m wondering if it’s too early to prune them? Some online forums say not to prune a tree younger than three years old, while others say you can start pruning immediately. I’m a new JM owner, so any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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You can do small prunings like this at just about any time. Just avoid the heat of the middle of summer. If you want to be certain that the tree will not be harmed from pruning, at all, then it is best to prune during dormancy. Usually, they take to pruning, just fine, though.