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By Jan65

North East England, United Kingdom Gb

When is the best time to trim acer trees? I have two - a crimson king and a drumondii. Both have reached roughly the size I would like to keep them to - about 14 feet high. I was thinking that next year I'd get someone in to trim them but am not sure what time of year to do this, nor how often I'd have to do it to keep them to this size. Any tips gratefully received.



These two are both leaf colour forms of the same species, Acer platanoides (Norway Maple) so they can be pruned almost any time though personally I would prefer they were done in their dormant period with late winter or early spring being the optimum time.

4 Jun, 2010


Thank you Fractal. I do occasionally trim branches back at any time of the year in order to keep them from infringing on my neighbour's garden, and this doesn't seem to do any harm. I was just wondering whether a proper trim would have to be done at a particular time - thanks for the advice, and I think I agree that perhaps when they're dormant would be best, to be on the safe side.

4 Jun, 2010


i would do it early spring as it doesnt have to sit there with wounds all winter with the spring surge of life just round the corner.i doubt you would have to do it a lot more often than once a year apart from the odd branch.

5 Jun, 2010


Thanks Noseypotter, that sounds like good advice!

5 Jun, 2010


your welcome jan xx

5 Jun, 2010

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