• Hometalker
Asked on May 14, 2019

When is the best time of the year to trim a Japanese Lace Maple tree?

Lynn SorrellSimple Nature DecorCindy


Tree branches are creating too much shade & need to be trimmed. Live near Nashville, TN

4 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on May 14, 2019

    Any time they need it. I have one and trim it all the time, it's beautiful.

  • Cindy
    on May 14, 2019

    Hello Ltc. The best time to prune a Japanese Maple tree is in late summer. But beginners will find it easier to prune when the tree is leafless and dormant in late Fall to midwinter. LIGHT trimming can be done any season except Spring, when sap is rising. Use bypass pruners to cut any branches that are as thick as your middle finger and smaller. Use a pruning saw for larger limbs. And make sure all of your blades are sharp. Work from the bottom up and inside out. Wishing you well with your Japanese Lace Maple.

  • Simple Nature Decor
    on May 15, 2019

    In Late Summer is the best time.

  • Lynn Sorrell
    on May 16, 2019

    Really heavy or severe pruning of any plant is best done when the plant is completely dormant. However, that’s not the only time that you can prune Japanese maples,prune anytime they need it and that often ends up being the dead of summer. Doesn’t matter, they love it and they respond well to it. Is it grafted?? be sure to remove all growth below graft line....here's info. great site on puning/care


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