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JP Maple (Burgandy Lace) Should I trim off this branch? (pic)

13 years ago

I planted my Burgundy Lace maple about 2 years ago. My idea was to have it grow with a nice canopy. How do I train it to get there? I notice there is a wishbone shape branch growing out of the side of it. Should I cut it off, if so, where do I make the cut? I also noticed the top branches seem to be growing in one direction. What's up with that? Should I put weights on the branches so they'll bend down? Does the tree need to be staked? Please help me as I love this tree. It's got lots of buds right now.

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