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Old 09-24-2009, 09:44 PM
TheNatural TheNatural is offline
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Pruning Red Maples

I got a bunch of red maples that are fairly young in age 8 years old and i need to know if cutting off the top shoots that stick up a few feet above its canopy is bad or considered topping which I've read isn't good.
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Old 09-25-2009, 08:35 AM
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You can prune a lot of things with success and maples are one of those. Red Maples I have never pruned back because they grow slow enough the way it is.

Always do it in late summer, so the wound has a chance to heal b4 dormancy, otherwise it could bleed out when the sap starts running in the spring.

So why do you want to top it?
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:54 PM
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You can prune a lot of things with success and maples are one of those. Red Maples I have never pruned back because they grow slow enough the way it is.

Always do it in late summer, so the wound has a chance to heal b4 dormancy, otherwise it could bleed out when the sap starts running in the spring.

So why do you want to top it?
Well I believe the crew who pruned these the past few years started cutting off the tops because they thought they looked better without a straggly shoot on top. Now I think because they've done this , the multiple shoots from these areas on top are three or four feet above the canopy and the superintendent of the cemetery thinks they need to be pruned on top every year. I don't know much about trees at all but i think this crew who started doing this wasn't correct. I would of just let the tops grow no matter what they looked like.
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Old 09-25-2009, 10:41 PM
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Well I believe the crew who pruned these the past few years started cutting off the tops because they thought they looked better without a straggly shoot on top. Now I think because they've done this , the multiple shoots from these areas on top are three or four feet above the canopy and the superintendent of the cemetery thinks they need to be pruned on top every year. I don't know much about trees at all but i think this crew who started doing this wasn't correct. I would of just let the tops grow no matter what they looked like.
That sounds exactly like what happened.

However... The prongs coming from the pruned leader have the capability of becoming a 'leader' or 'co-leader' themselves, as it were.

Although they look like nothing more than, sucker shoots, they, may be pruned to form a more 'compact canopy', of real branches. Do not select branches on a Maple tree that has a narrow angle to the trunk. Maple trees have a 'problem' in their growth habit that makes the 'sharp' angle of the branches, more prevalent. More subject to breakge and disease.

Of course, Maple doesn't have much problem , with injury diseases...
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