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

Posted by tlbean2004 Arkansas (tlbean2004@yahoo.com) on
Wed, Aug 13, 14 at 15:29

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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RE: Cut tree down, shoots growing on side of trunk, what will hap

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


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RE: Cut tree down, shoots growing on side of trunk, what will hap

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.


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RE: Cut tree down, shoots growing on side of trunk, what will hap

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.


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RE: Cut tree down, shoots growing on side of trunk, what will hap

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.


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