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Tuesday - June 03, 2008

From: Greensburg, PA
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Non-Natives
Title: Pruning non-native Japanese maple
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

Can you tell me how to properly prune a Japanese maple?

ANSWER:

According to this USDA Plant Profile for Acer palmatum, Japanese maple, it is not native to North America, but will grow in Pennsylvania. We found several articles that address the care and pruning of your plant.

Bartlett Research Laboratories Plant Health Care Program, Japanese Maple.

The Garden Helper, Acer palmatum

essortment, Japanese maple pruning.

 

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