Topping a Royal Red Maple

Asked September 22, 2018, 4:53 PM EDT

I have a 12-14 foot Royal Red Maple that was planted two years ago. The tree is healthy and has a good shape but this year the leader has grown about 4 feet. My question is should I top this tree to improve the appearance? There are several branches growing out from the leader. Thanks for your response.

Anoka County Minnesota

1 Response

Topping is never recommended unless one wants a pollardized tree. This is because it creates a lollipop shaped tree. If there is more than one central leader it should be pruned so there is only one central leader. This will improve the shape of the tree and its ability to cope with strong winds.