Straightening trunk and branches of a maple

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  1. Roy Sinn

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    IMG_20170412_161304.jpg I have a Acer palmatum 'Hogyoku' that's become misshaped from this winter's ice. The trunk and branches have been persuaded to all lean in one direction (see the photo). I'd like to persuade into a more balanced shape. I've done this before (with a dogwood) but not to the extent I wish to reshape this maple. I'd muchly appreciate some advice. How aggressively can I truss the branches? Should I do it incrementally - e.g. 10 degrees per week or per month? How far up the branch should I anchor the truss? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. AlainK

    AlainK Well-Known Member Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    I would concentrate on the trunk/branch which is at the back.

    Compared to dogwood, I'd say that maple wood can snap more rapidly if you try to bend them too much.

    Doing it incrementally sounds like a good idea. And maybe loosening the wire before bending the branch again some more to see how much the branch has been put back in place?...
     
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    Thanks AlainK. Very helpful suggestions. Gentle patience seems to be called for.
     

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