Pruning advice for Fireglow J. Maple?

JonCraig(6b)December 16, 2013

Hi again all,

Another more question while I'm looking at my trees without leaves. I'm confident enough to prune crossing branches, etc., but I'm still enough of a newbie that I'm here to ask advice about the more subjective side of things. Do you see any need of pruning on this ~7 ft Fireglow?

Thanks in advance!

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i see no need at all ...

there are very few rules which depend on the tree itself..

a tree is a tree ...

what changes.. is what your goal is ... e.g.: height as i noted in your other post??? ..

we dont really prune.. on a calender.. or for no real reason ...

define your goal ... and how and what you prune becomes apparent ...

i might pull the mulch back an inch or two from the trunk itself .... in any soil.. other than my 100% mineral sand.. you dont want any retained moisture on bark ... its not made for such... as roots are ...

where are you.. that z6b looks so toasty.. it was 3 degrees in MI this morning ....


    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 4:54PM
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I'm on the northern end of what's considered middle TN. It was an unseasonable 55 or so today. So I was happily looking for any excuse to spend my day off outside! :-)

Goals = have a nice, healthy ornamental tree.

My reason for posting these all today was a) I was outside & thought it would be a good idea and b) With the leaves off, it's easier (for me, anyway) to look at/notice the branch structure.

I didn't see anything I wanted to prune, but wanted another set of eyes to take a look & teach my untrained eye. ;-)

    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 8:03PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

nothing wrong with that ...


    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 7:54AM
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Sara Malone Zone 9b

Again, try maple forum as there are some experts there. Around here we only do big pruning in dormant season. Smaller wood in May. J maples are a tree that I would not hesitate to look for a consulting arborist/aesthetic pruner. It is useful to develop a plan for the tree and prune accordingly, which is generally a multi-year, ongoing project. With thoughtful pruning you can enhance the beauty, structure and value of these lovely trees.


    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 9:07AM
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kenptn(z6b TN)

I agree with the other Ken, It looks okay. Sooner or later our Mother will prune it for you with a nice spring freeze or ice storm or blistering drought or straight line winds or... Clarksville area? I'm between Murfreesboro and McMinnville.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 10:50AM
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