I’ve noticed the buds on the Maple are swelling very much, but shy of popping new leaves, so I decided to defoliate it to push out those new buds. Since the tree is very vigorous, I think it should be able to tolerate the abuse. The tree looks very full before defoliation.
I proceeded to cut off all the leaves, while leaving behind the leave stalks.
After defoliating, I’ve noticed there were some branches which had two sets of internodes, so I reduced them further, in hopes of creating a more compact tree (once the buds pop).