What's Growing At The Bottom Of Pear Tree?

jaxoApril 6, 2014

Two of these trees were planted on opposite ends of the patio about 6 months ago and I recently noticed something else growing around the base of only the one pictured here.
Looks almost like weeds, but the leaves look somewhat similar to the tree's leaves,
Is it part of the tree? Should I snip it off or pull it out of the ground?

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Your pear cultivar is grafted on a root from some other tree and these suckers are from that. Prune them away.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 4:12PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You had better remove those green wraps from the trunks, too. Keep that sucker growth as soon as you see it. Do not let it grow as big as you've allowed it to this time.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 4:28PM
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That space looks inadequate for that tree's mature size, by the way.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 8:14AM
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Indeed as esh_ga states, with the given proximity to the fence, the trunk of that pear will be rubbing/touching the fence in a decade or so. Now is the best time to move it or take it back for a refund/exchange if possible.

Ditto what Huggorm and Rhizo said about clipping the suckers.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 10:02AM
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I myself am wondering why its a stick? IMO with or without staking you may be setting yourself up for it to snap. When the tree was planted it probably should have been cut down to branches about 2-3 feet away from the graft. This forces the tree to push out branches for proper form.

ALso, yes those are suckers. Ive seen people dig them up and graft onto them but the easiest thing to do is to cut them down.

How far away from the fence is it? From the picture it looks like less then a foot, but its hard to tell because of the angle.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 7:26PM
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I suspect that is an ornamental pear, not a fruit-bearing one, canadianplant.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 10:19PM
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It just under 2 ft at the closest point to the fence behind it and over 3 feet away from the side.

It is not supposed to need that much ground space. The neighbors have one that has grown near 20ft tall and the branches do not start getting wide until it is well over the fence line.
Their similar tree is also close to the fence in their patio and not touching the fence even at its very large height.
I am expecting it to look something like the ones shown in the lined web page after several years and I want to prune it so the branches are not even as low as pictured.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mature Pear Tree

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 10:57PM
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I snipped it off last month and now it is back again.
How can it be removed so it doesn't keep growing back?

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 7:38PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

suckers will continue forever ...

i think there is some VERY EXPENSIVE GOO you can get... but for $100 [just a number for e.g] .. you may as well just go buy a new tree.. and who needs a gallon of such ....

i heard such discussed in regard to suckering of crabapples... that might help your search ....


    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 7:53PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

"Mature Pear Tree"...Mature callery pears sure don't look like that around here. Picture one at least three times as wide, with a couple of major branches broken off on one side, and loaded with really bad smelling fruit. Also, the field behind would be loaded with annoying, thorny callery pear seedlings making mowing with pneumatic tires a challenge. No, I'm not a callery pear fan at all! The ones in the picture, at the link above, are fairly young.

Below is an example of a chemical for reducing suckering. Amazon has it for $20 plus shipping. You might be able to find it locally at a larger nursery or farm supply store.

Here is a link that might be useful: Monterey Sucker Stopper

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 11:33AM
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Please allow me to throw this out there for the tree peeps (who know this, or suspected it, already)-

From my observations over the years, excessive suckering is often a symptom of a tree planted with the root collar below grade (as a response to stress, the tree hedges it's bets, by responging in a form of "survival mode").

Thankyou, simply "two more cents" to add to the "piggy jar".


    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 1:43PM
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I cut them again.
I'm thinking about trying a product called Sucker Punch. Has anyone tried that or a similar product?
What is the best method to apply these products?

Here are new pictures after I cut them again today.
Now they are on both trees, but one has a lot more.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 1:31PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

The product I'm familiar with is called Monterey Sucker Stopper.

Think the process is a lost cause because it won't be long before the expanding trunk takes out the fence.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 8:30PM
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It is not as close to the fence as it may appear in the photos. I can walk between the tree and the fence.
A neighbor with a similar lot has the same type of tree grown to what looks like over 30 ft tall and it is planted in a similar spot and the trunk still has room to spare. The branches of these trees will all be over the fence line when they get taller in a couple years. The trunk fits in that spot fine.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 8:43PM
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