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Drooping Branches. As red maples mature, the branches begin to droop and naturally lower themselves in the canopy. Because of this, pruning the lower branches of a young red maple can encourage ...


The tree in the backyard that blazes with red, orange and yellow foliage in autumn is most likely a maple. Maple trees are known for their brilliant fall color as well as the ease with which they “bleed” sap. The species’ tendency to lose sap from wounds makes gardeners question the wisdom of pruning maple trees.


A Red Maple needs little pruning. When it is needed to keep the tree healthy and properly shaped, prune when the tree is dormant (late fall or winter). This gives the tree time to heal while pests and moisture related diseases are less of a threat. Most pruning should be done while the tree is young ...


When to Prune a Red Maple Tree By: albertaarb - May 27, 2013. A red maple can be one of the most beautiful trees you can have on your property, but they can also be one of the most difficult to prune, since their limbs grow quickly and will require you to prune it to prevent damage to your house or a nearby power line.


Pruning trees is more than just taking your sheers and lopping off branches. There has to be some sort of reason and plan in pruning your maple tree. Prune After Leaves Develop. For most trees, you should prune when the spring thaw is coming and you start to see a little life in your trees. Pruning them before the buds come out will help the ...


How to Prune Japanese Maple Trees. Japanese maples are low-maintenance trees with beautiful red foliage. Pruning the maple several times a year is a great way to keep the maple in good health and looking elegant. Japanese maples can handle...


Maple trees are recognizable for their brilliantly-colored fall foliage, which naturally appears in shades of bright red or yellow. As a shade tree, maples perform well thanks to a spreading, deciduous canopy of green leaves. But as a landscaping tree, maple requires a little extra care and attention. Knowing when and how to properly prune ...


It needs frequent pruning to develop a sturdy basic structure. Remove the sprouts that come from a silver maple tree's base and branches. Red maple, also called swamp maple (Acer rubrum), hardy in USDA zones 4 through 9, develops upright growth that penetrates the canopy and needs to be removed.


Pick the best time of year for pruning. Maple trees produce sap—lots of sap—which seeps out when the branches are cut. This sap makes it difficult to work on pruning the tree, so it's best to pick times of year when the sap supply will be at its lowest point.


Pruning Upright Trees. Pruning the upright Japanese maple involves four main steps. The first is to prune off lower limbs that crowd other low-growing shrubs or possibly impede a walkway. Next, prune off dead wood — that is, any dead twigs or brittle branches that no longer grow foliage. The third step is to separate the tree into layers.