Out of shape Acer
We have an old Acer tree by our terrace which every year grows too high and we have to cut the feathery branches shorter. We have now ended up with a tree with clumps of growth at the top of each branch. The new growth sprouts from these clumps which ends up looking very odd! We love the tree and need it for shade so wouldn't want to replace it but can we be ruthless and cut the old branches back below the clumps?