with Michael Alliger & John Valenzuela
Online Class

Tree Skills: Pruning Japanese Maples & Grafting Fruit Trees

by Garden Tribe
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Ready to grow a new branch of gardening skills? Join experts Michael Alliger and John Valenzuela as they demystify the art of pruning Japanese maples and grafting fruit trees. You’ll discover a range of practical horticultural techniques that will help you find and reveal both the beauty and growth potential of your trees.


  • beginner
  • 8 episodes
  • 2h2m

Included in this Class

1. Pruning: Tools & Techniques

1. Pruning: Tools & Techniques

Meet aesthetic pruner Michael Alliger, who starts class by explaining what tools you’ll need, then demonstrates the three basic pruning cuts: thinning, heading and re-leadering. Learn how to angle cuts for optimal healing and how to avoid common beginner mistakes.

2. Pruning: Pruning an Upright Japanese Maple

2. Pruning: Pruning an Upright Japanese Maple

Watch and learn as Michael prunes an upright Japanese maple tree from start to finish. There are no simple, hard-and-fast rules for pruning. Instead, discover the practical guidelines that sophisticated pruners use for assessment and action.

3. Pruning: Pruning a Weeping Japanese Maple

3. Pruning: Pruning a Weeping Japanese Maple

In this lesson, you'll see a weeping Japanese maple pruned methodically. Find out how to make a temporary cut, reduce crossing and dead branches and bring out the natural grace of the weeping form.

Recommended with this class

  • Gardening tools such as pruners, loppers, grafting knife, budding knife and grafting tape