One of the readers of About.com's Forestry site emailed Guide, Steve Nix with a problem. "I have a red maple that I believe may need pruning," says the reader. "I'm an avid tree grower, and have done my share of pruning, but this tree has me stumped because of it's unusual growth." Photos of the problematic red maple tree in question (posted in the Forestry Forum) reveal why deciding how to prune it will hardly be straightforward.
Most red maple trees, writes Steve, "if in good health and free to grow, need very little pruning." But this is no ordinary red maple tree, as the branching pattern is less than ideal. Not to worry, though. The experts in the Forestry Forum who tackle this question help the reader figure out how to prune this red maple tree by zeroing in on the best growth to keep as a leader.