Maple Tree Branch Lower Branch Removal

Asked September 18, 2020, 10:36 AM EDT

We have an Autumn Blaze Maple tree in Sterling Heights, MI that needs some of the lower branches removed. When is the best time of year to do that?

Macomb County Michigan

1 Response

Pruning wounds will callus over faster if pruning is done in early spring before trees leaf out. Some trees, such as maples, bleed excessively if pruned at that time. Bleeding does little harm to the trees, although it often causes concern to homeowners. When necessary, trees may be pruned at any time of the year, but healing will not be as rapid as when pruning is done early in the spring. Extensive pruning in late summer or fall will remove nutrients stored in the branches before they can be translocated into the trunk and roots. Fall pruning may also stimulate late-season growth that may be susceptible to freezing injury.
See the attached article from MUSE on pruning techniques if you plan to prune your maple tree yourself. https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/tips_on_tree_and_shrub_pruning