· Brent Wilson's Answer
· Hi Shiela - All red laceleaf Japanese maples are grafted hybrids. This means in order to grow one of these hybrids a branch has to be removed from the red laceleaf and then grafted (attached and fused) to the base of a standard Japanese green maple seedling. The seedling is cut back to a short trunk and then the branch from the hybrid red maple is grafted/attached to it.
So, if the shoots on your tree are coming up from the base of the trunk (below the graft) they are from the green tree. If so, just cut these shoots off as close to the trunk as possible without damaging the trunk. Sometimes you can find stem(s) in the canopy of a red hybrid tree which are producing green leaves. These odd stems, which come from the parent, can be removed as well. Just cut them at a point beyond where the green leaves are being produced.