Fellow Certified Aesthetic Pruner Yuki Nara will often refer to Laceleaf Maples that are related to the entrance of a home or garden as a “Hello Maple” or even a “Goodby Maple”. This is what they seem to say to you as you come or go. This Laceleaf Maple in San Mateo Highlands definitely says “Hello!” With spring pruning complete it is all set for the summer to greet people at the front door with grace and a few dramatic shadows on the rock below.
April is a great time to do detailed pruning on Lace Leaf Maples (Acer dissectum). Its important to wait until the new leaves have hardened up but once they do its time to reveal the beautiful trunk structure of the tree. I always save a few branches for vases because the leaves are so beautiful this time of year before the sun and hot weather of summer take their toll. This is the first spring pruning for the maple in these pictures. Unlike many lace leaf maples this one is very compact so I have been careful to reveal just the right amount of trunk so it does not look so “busy” inside. The long term goal for this tree is to reduce the clutter of branches as well as replant the tree so the crown of the trunk is not buried so deep in the ground.