I have read in many places that we cannot defoliate at all (even partially) the dissected varieties of Acer palmatum because they are weaker than the other A. palmatum varieties. What techniques should be used to ramify those trees and keep short internodes ? Do you defoliate them ?
He is a picture of my Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Tamukeyama’ in leaves and the winter silhouette (last winter). This is a nursery tree purchased in 2014 that I slowly developped by pruning once a year in winter (grow and clip) and slightly wire. I plan to eventually make two trees by layering the top section and developping a new apex from the first “Y” fork shy below midway along the trunk,