Hello dear friends! OK, I am the biggest answer seeker in here I think, and hope I am not becoming a nuisance, as I am so glad to be getting such wonderful answers and shared wisdom from members here. My new question is regarding a Bloodgood Japanese Maple I planted in May. It is doing really well, enjoying partial sun/shade in it's happy little corner in our back yard in New Jersey. It is about four feet high now. Over the last several weeks I have noticed a peculiar thing, as two or three branches have sprung out and are growing really long, as opposed to the rest of the tree. (I am attaching a few photos to show, though they may be a bit dark as I took them last week one day in the early morning) . I was tempted to trim them to about the top reaches of the rest of the tree, but thought it best to ask here, as I don't want to risk injuring the new tree, or disrupting its natural growth. So, please advise me as to next steps, if any. Prune or not? If to prune, how and where on the branch, and if not, what should I expect to see develop? As always, Many many thanks!! p.s. the branches have actually grown even longer than what you see in the photos, by about 4 or 5 inches!