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B3B3 Posts: 25,241
My mature acer has a good natural shape, which I want to keep. But new growth is making it look tatty.
What is the maximum diameter of branch/twig that I can prune at this time of year without any risk of bleeding?
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,294
    Occasionally I have to trim bits from mine that overhang a footpath.
    I find that even a branch a few mm thick will bleed this time of year.
    I had to do some slightly more drastic pruning last winter, but due to no cold spells when I pruned it last week in December it bled heavily for about 3 weeks. All the leaves on branches that bled are tiny this year.
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  • B3B3 Posts: 25,241
    I'd better stick to new green twigs then. Thanks @Pete.8
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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