Cut tree down, shoots growing on side of trunk, what will happen?

tlbean2004August 13, 2014

I cut a 10 foot water oak tree down about 6 weeks ago.
Now the stump has about 6 shoot growing up the sides of it.
If i leave this alone, what will happen?
Will the shoots just keep growing taller and taller?
Will they form a vase shaped tree with no center?
please advise.

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flexwebber

Yeah, they will continue to grow. You need to dig it out or get a stump grinder.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 6:37AM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

Is water oak especially prone to suckering?

If you want the trunk for chainsaw carving or for planting on I say cut them off quickly.

If you want to grow a new tree....I dunno. The suckers will get plenty of food from the roots. I just dunno how strongly attached to the old wood they will be or if the big open stump will hollow out by the time the suckers are a nice 20 foot tall tree or what.

After one of my ash trees was removed it suckered from the two foot stump a few times. I alternated between cutting them and spraying with round-up depending if there were other weeds to kill that day.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:44PM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

Is water oak especially prone to suckering?

If you want the trunk for chainsaw carving or for planting on I say cut them off quickly.

If you want to grow a new tree....I dunno. The suckers will get plenty of food from the roots. I just dunno how strongly attached to the old wood they will be or if the big open stump will hollow out by the time the suckers are a nice 20 foot tall tree or what.

After one of my ash trees was removed it suckered from the two foot stump a few times. I alternated between cutting them and spraying with round-up depending if there were other weeds to kill that day.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:47PM
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poaky1

Tlbean. If you want the tree not to grow into a big shade tree, get rid of all the tree as close to the soil line as possible. Don't wait at all. unless you are thinking you want a large shade tree.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 2:06AM
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