Be careful when you prune Californian lilacs. They need shaping up but might refuse to produce new branches from old wood. Different rules for evergreen and deciduous ceanothus shrubs apply.
Are you a low-maintenance gardener? Then the Japanese maple tree is for you and we've made it even easier for you by creating this helpful guide to pruning them.
Japanese maples, a member of the Acer family, are stunning garden plants that are just as happy in pots as they are in the ground. These beautiful little trees offer delicate foliage in a variation of colours and can be very slow growing. This is an added benefit if you want a low maintenance plant that doesn’t need much pruning.
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Japanese maples are prone to bleeding if they are pruned when they are not dormant. This means that the only time of year to prune these plants should be in the winter, between November and January.
Some of the best Japanese maples are created by leaving well alone. Their natural growing shape doesn’t often need a lot of interference and you should therefore be cautious about making any unneeded cuts. If you’re not sure whether to cut or not, step away from the tree and put those secateurs away!
If you do need to prune your maple, remove dead and diseased stems and take out crossed branches or shoots that may be growing towards the centre of the plant. Meanwhile, you can take off the odd branch or two if you’re trying to create a distinct shape, but be cautious in doing so as you could spoil the overall tree and it’ll take a long time to grow back.