When/How To Prune Japanese Maples?

Q: Could you describe when and how to prune a Japanese maple? 

A: My friend Norm Mittleider (art-of-pruning.com), who specializes in
pruning Japanese maples, says there are two good times to prune. Winter
pruning gives you a chance to see the structure of the tree to make it balanced
or unbalanced according to what you want. In the summer you can remove a
few branches to make the structure more visible. My favorite ‘look’ for a
Japanese maple is pruning to separate the branches into over-lapping layers
that don’t touch each other.

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