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Prune a Japanese Maple Tree


Prune a Japanese Maple Tree

When and Where To Plant Japanese Maple Trees 
Maple trees prefer a part shade position which does not get the sun in the afternoon. They also do not like competition from other strong rooted plants and trees. To avoid the need for watering too often, choose a position that is moist but well-drained.

Planting should be done any time during the winter and early Spring months, October to December being the best months.

Planting is simple, dig a hole large enough to easily take the roots, place the tree in the hole and cover the roots with soil up to the surrounding ground level. Simple enough, but bear in mind a few points.

Don't add any fertiliser to the soil at this time because it may burn the roots. The tree should be planted to the same depth as it was in the pot. Having planted the tree, firm  down the soil using your boots to ensure the soil is in good contact with the roots - water well if the conditions are dry.

It's a good idea to tie the tree to a stake for the first three years. Stakes should be 5cm (2in) diameter and in general about 1.8m (6ft) high - 60cm (2ft) below ground, and the remainder above ground. The stake should be 15cm (6in) or so from the main stem. Tie the trunk to the stake at 30cm (1ft) intervals using plastic ties available from garden centres - do not use wire or anything which could cut into the tree trunk. The ties will need to be checked for the first couple of years to ensure that growth of the tree trunk has not caused them to become too tight.



Name: Judy
Date posted: August 21, 2011 - 12:04 am
Message: My dwarf weeping Japanese Maple seems to be dying. It was planted in June before hot weather. The leave tips are turning a light tan and very dry. Checked the water level and it is good. Tree is in the sun about 5 hours.

Name: andy
E-mail: Private
Date posted: August 07, 2011 - 09:47 am
Message: hi iv just bourght a acer re-potted it and all the leaves are dieing is there anyway i can save it. thanks

Name: Adiana
Date posted: August 07, 2011 - 08:02 am
Message: Wait, I cannot fatohm it being so straightforward.

Name: Fox
Date posted: July 16, 2011 - 11:19 am
Message: We have a mature (more than ten years old) Japanese maple tree which not looking well . the leaves are a bit cutled or edged and no new growth to speak of. Is ther anything we can do to bring it back to good health?
Walt Fox
Virginia Beach, VA

Name: tony walkden
E-mail: Private
Date posted: July 10, 2011 - 07:29 am
Message: We have an Acer in a pot but the leaves have started to go dry and curl and die, we have moved it a couple of times into shady spots but nothing seems to halt its decline, what shall I do??

Name: maurice needham
Date posted: June 22, 2011 - 02:29 am
Message: What type of soil would be suitable for a maple tree?

Name: Jo Williams
Date posted: June 03, 2011 - 08:38 am
Message: Our japanese red maple is going on its third year. The tree never produced leaves this year. We had a tremendous amount of rain in March and April. The tree is planted at the top of a slope. Is there hope of this tree surviving?

Name: Deb DeLucca
Date posted: May 29, 2011 - 11:54 am
Message: Our old Japanese Red Maple dropped a lot of saplings that we have potted. One happened to grow real close to where the other was. Since the older one died & was removed, this little one has flourished. Our front yard isn't the largest but we used to have an ornamental Plum tree nearby. Both were probably close to 30 - 35 yrs. old. I'd like to plant another Japanese Red Maple. What is the minimum space between them? The original one was only aboput 10 feet high.

Name: Jim Yeagley
Date posted: May 25, 2011 - 11:40 am
Message: I have a Japanese Maple that has red Leaves on the top but there are shoots coming from the bottom of the trunk that have a differenty green leaf. Should I trim them off?

Name: Lyndsey Savoie
Date posted: December 15, 2010 - 02:47 pm
Message: I was wondering about the root systems and what type they are. I'm doing a project and I can't find it anywhere. If you wouldn't mind sending me something back ASAP then that would be great. Thank you.

Name: Randy
Date posted: October 11, 2010 - 11:27 am
Message: I have been told that if planted in the sun, they will adapt to the sun and heat of the day. True or false.

Name: pauline
Date posted: October 08, 2010 - 04:41 am
Message: after planting my maple tree, from its pot the leaves have all gone. what have I done wrong?

Name: Myra Craig
E-mail: Private
Date posted: September 06, 2010 - 07:07 pm
Message: Can a red japanese maple be transplanted here in Illinois now or best to wait till spring?

Name: Grace
Date posted: September 01, 2010 - 09:39 am
Message: I want to replant my crimson queen japanese maple that has been in my front yard for 5 years to my backyard close to a large oak tree. I think I would be about 3 feet from the trunk of the oak tree. Is this too close?

Name: mary campbell
E-mail: Private
Date posted: August 31, 2010 - 08:32 am
Message: We have a mature, about 18 foot tall Japanese maple, that needs to be moved or cut down for construction. We want to save it if we can. I see that they require limited sun. We live in the mid-west and we are considering an area that has alot of sun and alot of wind. Should we rule that location out and seek one more sheltered from sun and wind?

Name: Claire Bourdin
E-mail: Private
Date posted: August 30, 2010 - 09:30 am
Message: I bought a Japanese Acer in the Spring, put it in a part shady position, but now the leaves have come off and does not look very happy! what should I do?

Name: Remy
Date posted: August 19, 2010 - 08:48 am
Message: I planted a three foot Japanese Maple tree four weeks ago in an area facing west, gets no afternoon sun. I thought it would be safe to apply some miracle grow, but now I have dead leaves. I follow the directions, one scoop per gallon. I have been hand watering it to flush it. Any other suggestions or is it a gonner