Acer palmatum development pruning

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Re: Acer palmatum development pruning

Postby shibui » May 29th, 2014, 6:16 pm

Threads don't die Fredman - they just lay waiting for a little interest. Thanks for finding it for me though. I pruned this one again last week and have had a couple of thoughts on where to go with it next but will have to take some more photos before I can update it.
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Re: Acer palmatum development pruning

Postby shibui » May 29th, 2014, 9:34 pm

Just found I have already taken the photos when i pruned this one so here goes.

I will assume we have the best front

I discovered that with a slight rotation to the left we do in fact have a far better front Gerrard. Solves 2 of your concerns in 1 go :!:
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The main left trunk now harmonises with the central trunk so much better and the 2nd right no longer crosses. Isn't it great when it works so easily!

looking at the photos tonight I wonder why I have not cut off the front part of 2nd right branch (that's the longer section to the right). Will have to look at that tomorrow. Still a little concerned with the large right branch - strong sub branch growing to the rear right (shorten? remove?)

I would lightly shorten the next 2 trunks(the 2 largest) and allow the lowest one on the left to flourish and elongate.
That one is still there Grant though it has not 'flourished' yet. In light of the problems with long internodes when allowing fast growth I'll develop this one more slowly and see if it enhances the overall look. Thanks for the ideas.
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Re: Acer palmatum development pruning

Postby kcpoole » May 29th, 2014, 10:37 pm

Nice improvement with the rotation Neil :yes:

I would really like to see this one in the bark one day. I think in real life it will look quite magical :-)
the 2 sections of the lower right branch I am not sure of. I think I would like to see the upper section of that shorter maybe

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Re: Acer palmatum development pruning

Postby treeman » May 30th, 2014, 5:41 pm

Don't know if anyone has mentioned it but according to Japanese, the only time to prune JMs is just before or as soon as the last few leaves have fallen. I have found this the best time to avoid bleeding. But also trimming roots after pruning will stop bleeding from pruning cuts dead right through winter. Potentially a very good tree Shibui. However I'm a bit concerned with the heaviness at the top of the 2 main trunks.
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Re: Acer palmatum development pruning

Postby JulzD » November 13th, 2014, 9:16 pm

Bump! How goes the tree Shibui? I've only just gotten my first JM and have read this with great interest. Mine is very young and in a normal nursery pot so many years before anything like this but a very good time to start looking at internode length etc. and your information is invaluable! Please keep it going for us beginners!
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Re: Acer palmatum development pruning

Postby JulzD » November 20th, 2016, 8:18 am

Shibui, how goes this Maple now? Any photos of this season? I'm learning from this thread for my JM I've got in a grow box.
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Re: Acer palmatum development pruning

Postby hawkeyes » November 20th, 2016, 11:58 am

:bump:
Any more on this interesting topic.
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Re: Acer palmatum development pruning

Postby Mitch_28 » October 12th, 2018, 9:05 pm

shibui wrote:Threads don't die Fredman - they just lay waiting for a little interest. Thanks for finding it for me though. I pruned this one again last week and have had a couple of thoughts on where to go with it next but will have to take some more photos before I can update it.
You still going with this tree Neil?
Great read, interested to see if you still have it and how it has matured.
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Re: Acer palmatum development pruning

Postby MJL » October 13th, 2018, 5:39 am

Thanks for sharing. Excellent thread this - particularly with all the tips and advice early on.

I'd be interested in any update too.
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