Partial defoliation of a Japanese Maple

To allow light to reach the interior of a dense maple, remove 1 leaf from each pair, once they’ve hardened off. Back-budding should result from the added light. Water use will slow down a bit too, so keep an eye on watering.
Before:

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Top half done:

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Finished:

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Much more light can get into the tree now. Some light pruning was done in denser areas, and more will be necessary in the spring.

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