THE ART OF PRUNING JAPANESE MAPLES
MASTER CLASS

with Michael Alliger, Master Pruner

LEARN TO PRUNE YOUR TREES LIKE A PRO

Japanese maples are one of the most satisfying trees to prune, if you understand their structure and growth habits. Learn to shape both an upright and weeping tree, so that they look natural and graceful.

 

THIS CLASS INCLUDES THREE STREAMING VIDEOS:

  1. TOOLS & CUTS: Which tools to use, and when to use them. Three essential types of pruning cuts & strategies for where to make cuts

  2. UPRIGHT JAPANESE MAPLES: A start-to-finish demonstration of pruning a tree, showing proper pruning techniques and step-by-step decision making.

  3. WEEPING JAPANESE MAPLES: A start-to-finish demonstration of pruning a tree, showing proper pruning techniques and step-by-step decision making.

TOTAL CLASS TIME: 1 hour 
filmed at Sweet Lane Wholesale Nursery, Santa Rosa, CA

 

WHY PRUNE JAPANESE MAPLES IN THE DORMANT SEASON?

  • when the branches are bare, you can better see the structure of the tree
  • enhance the winter silhouette 

Note: While many of the techniques in this class will work when the trees are leafed out, there are different priorities when pruning in different seasons. Additionally, these trees should not be severely pruned when the weather is hot and the trees are in full or afternoon sun.


Meet Instructor Michael Alliger

There is an art and a science to pruning Japanese Maples. Understanding how different pruning cuts affect the tree, as well as which tools to use, are crucial. Garden Tribe has partnered with a renowned aesthetic pruner, Michael Alliger, to show you how to make the most of your trees.

Colin McCrate, co-founder of Seattle Urban Farm Co.

With over 25 years experience as an aesthetic pruner, Michael brings his passion to finding the "essence of the tree." His many accomplishments include being a founding member of the nationally acclaimed pruning program at Merritt College in Oakland, CA, and teaching classes for over 20 years. His is also a co-founder of the Aesthetic Pruning Association.

 

REVEAL THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF YOUR TREES

 

LEARN ONLINE:

  • streaming online class, re-watch anytime
  • available on your computer or mobile devices
  • exclusive bonus materials
available with purchase

BONUS CLASS MATERIALS

  • illustrated glossary of pruning terms
  • reference sheet with diagrams of three critical pruning cuts

 

WHAT IS AESTHETIC PRUNING?

"Aesthetic Pruning is the creative interpretation of small trees and shrubs. This living art form combines the artistic skill of the pruner, the essence of a tree, the science of horticulture and the needs of clients and surroundings."


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