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Provides the standard for aesthetic pruning and defines the philosophy.

The right cuts reveal a branch pattern that looks good with leaves or without.

Two experts pick their favorites based on color, shape and size.

This educational website provides the general public with quality tree care information.

A pathway to learning more about proper pruning of trees and shrubs in the urban landscape.

A great magazine for insight into the many facets of a Japanese garden and home.

A wealth of gardening information from A to Z.



Provides insight into the Merritt College Pruning Program with interviews of key people including Dennis Makishima.

Michael Alliger demonstrates a few basic pruning cuts that are essential when properly maintaining the growth of a Japanese maple.

California Master Gardener, Pam Bone, discusses the planting and care of trees with an excellent overview of tree science. She also provides valuable insight into common mistakes and misconceptions that can greatly reduce the success of a newly planted tree.

This is the continuation of California Master Gardener, Pam Bone’s, presentation above.

Tricia discusses and demonstrates basic pruning concepts, including tools required and their proper use.

This is a continuation of Tricia’s discussion and demonstration above.

This is a good example of how not to prune a Japanese maple.


** These two videos are included only to show that everything on the internet is not necessarily correct. I do not approve of this type of reckless pruning practice.



A leader in the horticultural tool business, with a selection of over 7,000 tools for nursery workers, landscapers, arborists, contractors and gardeners, readily available at competitive prices.

Featuring exceptional tools from Japan; a great source of woodworking, garden and bamboo tools.

Offering the very best bonsai, ikebana and Japanese gardening tools available.



A small, family run nursery, growing Japanese Maples and a selection of conifers and ginkgos in their hometown in the mountains of Virginia.

This nursery located in Potter Valley, California has a diverse inventory of maples and is constantly seeking out the newest additions worthy of introduction.

This wonderful nursery near Athens, GA has a very good selection of trees best adapted for southern gardens. There are also new selections being observed for possible future release. Visits to this nursery are by appointment only, so please call ahead.

An Atlanta nursery offering one of the largest collections of Japanese Maples in the Southeast as well as a large selection of Conifers.

A family owned nursery specializing exclusively in Japanese maples. Their trees are allowed to grow naturally which promotes strong healthy roots and normal upper growth. They currently offer a selection of more than 250 cultivars.


Japanese Gardens

One of Japan's greatest treasures with beautiful gardens and a highly regarded contemporary collection of Japanese paintings.

A multi-functional website that provides a lot of good information relating to Japanese gardens and gardening.

Promotes the sustainability and development of North American Japanese gardens. It is devoted to connecting people within the network of Japanese gardens. The organization achieves this through public education, professional development and research.

A wonderful site devoted to the Portland Japanese Garden, one of America’s most authentic with several garden styles on display.

This museum and Japanese garden is a center for Japanese arts and culture in south Florida.