How To Prune Japanese Maple Trees

How To Prune Japanese Maple Trees

Video instructions – how to prune Japanese Maple (Acer) Trees

Now that it’s getting cold it’s time to start thinking about pruning your Japanese Maple (Acer) trees.  Pruning is important as it helps to control the height and spread of your Japanese Maple. If you get it right (and we’re sure you will with the help of this video tutorial) it will mean your Japenese Maple will look naturally shaped in Spring time when the beautiful foliage bursts out.

Please note that the time to prune is from the end of November through to the beginning of March which is the dormant period. During this time the tree won’t produce any sap and therefore will not ‘bleed’ from the points of pruning. Over to you Mike…


You’ll need a pair of sharp, clean secateurs, some loppers and you may need a pruning saw as well depending on how thick the branches are.  You’ll need to look out of any dead, diseased or dying wood and cut it right back to the point where it is still healthy.  The other thing to remember is ‘less is more’, take a step back and work out how you’re going to shape it first and then identify the branches of your Japanese Maple that you are going to prune.  Keep stepping back and viewing so you can see how you are progressing.

In this video there is also a guest appearance by Benson the cat who seems to be keeping his eye on Michael to ensure he’s doing a good job!

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