Pruning a Japanese maple

Asked October 5, 2019, 9:38 AM EDT

Five or six years ago I trimmed my Japanese maple, and it seems like I've ruined the beautiful umbrella look as it sends out wild shoots. Don't want to prune it further for fear of making it worse. Do I need an expert to bring the beauty back to my tree? Is there one in the santa clara valley? Thank you, John

Santa Clara County California

1 Response

Thank you for your question. It was referred to Oregon, and I know of no arborists in your area. And I can’t give you advice without a photo. I suggest you contact your own county Extension office for help: Good luck!