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Question: I have 2 Mt. Airy Fothergilla. One is flowering nicely with no new growth from the bottom. The other is flowering less, mostly on the ends of the branches and has many new stems coming from the base, very vigorous and already taller than the rest of the shrub. Some people have said they are suckers and should be cut out, others that this is new growth that is desirable and let them replace older stems. The new growsth is much straighter than the older branches that are somewhat twisted. The shrub is relatively small, 3 years old, approximately 5' high 3'wide. It is planted in a moist area in part sun. What should I do? Thank you for your help! Gwen Hazel

Answer: If these new sprouts seem out of balance with the rest of the plant, you could head them back by a half to two thirds so they are in scale and hope they fill out over time. Or, you could cut them off at the base. Or you could remove some and trim some back. Let your eye be the guide. Enjoy your fothergillas, they are great shrubs!

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