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Should I trim these branches from Red Maple?

13 years ago

I posted this already in the 'Maples' forum, but I realized I might get more eyes in this forum...

I planted this October Glory Red Maple in April 08. One of the lower branches is sticking way out and looks kinda stupid. Should I cut it off, or wait and let it all even out?

Or should I be trimming the lower branches anyway? Is that just part of the routine as the tree matures? I don't have any prior tree experience. If so, should I cut off the bottom two or the bottom four? (you can see the branches in question circled in red)

Also, is now the time to do it, or should I wait a few more weeks? Isn't it best to wait until the leaves drop?

Here is a link that might be useful: October Glory Red Maple

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