Hor­ti­cul­tural aide mem­oire No. 45: Prune maples

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

Many trees and larger shrubs are prone to bleed­ing great quan­ti­ties of sap if they are pruned in the spring. Among these are the mem­bers of the genus Acer, which in­cludes maples of ev­ery sort from the gi­ant sugar maple to the del­i­cate forms of the Ja­panese maples such as Acer japon­icum and A. pal­ma­tum. Any cut­ting work on these can be car­ried out now that dor­mancy has set in. The same ad­vice ap­plies to cher­ries, birches and mag­no­lias. Re­sist the urge to lop and chop as this merely dis­fig­ures: con­fine your slic­ing to neat re­movals of awk­ward branches.


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