Early winter maintenance - maples

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While many of you are enjoying spring and all the things that go with it we are now in late Autumn. The leaves have dropped off the maples so I've started the annual winter pruning. These are all older well ramified trident maples so I concentrate on removing long internodes, thinning new shoots to allow better space and light and removing thicker shoots at the ends of branches and closer to the apex.
Before and after shots of each tree.

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Fused trunk multi trunk root over rock.

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Fused trunk multi trunk.

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Older root over rock

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Another fused trunk triple trunk trident
 

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A couple more tridents I trimmed today.

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Another older trident.

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This one is younger. I had plenty of upright informal tridents so set out to develop one with much more character with more bends in the trunk.
Still developing ramification so less thinning and more trimming for direction and for short internodes.

Finally today one of the Japanese maples.
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More as I get round to them.
 

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