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Leaves of a Japanese maple

The Question

I have a Japanese map. When should I prune it?

The Answer

Right now, in fact, is a great time to give it a little nip and tuck. Most people are terrified by shrubs and trees such as yours, but they are tough ones, so don't be afraid to give them a trim. Prune young ones for shape and old ones to make sure light reaches the centre of the plant.