Japanese Maple Lace Leaf

I dug this lace leaf J. maple out of the landscape 10 years or so ago. I believe it is called Dragon and in an ideal year/fall it turns several colors, red, orange and yellow. I purchased it from Mountain Maples in Nor Cal near Ukiah. It has been grafted like many lace leaf trees. I ask for advice and always receive the same recommendation; “go slow”. It is leggy and lacks refinement. What does “go slow” mean?




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Go slow: don’t take too much off the top at once. Don’t reduce the roots too severely in one go. Don’t try to completely style it in one season.

Lace leaf maples are weaker than standard Japanese maples and need to be handled more deliberately. Good luck and have fun!

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