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When is the best time to prune a small spreading acer tree
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Only when it is dormant. If it's in active growth, the cuts will bleed badly. I suggest it's done immediately after the leaves have fallen

15 Oct, 2012


I would say wait till February. The sap will be low and any dead branches/twigs will be whiter looking, so you can clearly see where to prune back. It will also be going into leaf within 2 months of Feb, so it will bounce back and the coldest winter weather is behind.

The general advice is not to prune Acers unless you really need to.

15 Oct, 2012

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