Stop before you decide to prune your Japanese Maple!
Part of the beauty of these plants is their form and architectural branching. We suggest you prune lightly and carefully during the dormant season. This is usually in late winter when all the leaves have fallen and you can example the plants structure. If you feel the need to prune, limit your activities to removing dead, damaged or diseased wood. You can also remove branches that are growing in the wrong direction as well as those that are crossing or rubbing.