Japanese Maples are no exception. In the spring, they get all excited and send out long shoots of new growth. These shoots look great when the tree is leafing out. Bright, shiny leaves are a welcome sight after a bare winter.
In the summer, these shoots look too leggy, floppy and tangled. Sometimes, maples look sad because all their branches are hanging down.
Cutting them back is the answer. Suddenly, the structure and layers reappear. The maple is ready for entertaining guests and backyard barbeques. Plus, new growth in the fall will look much better.