The Q&A Archives: strange limbs on Oak Tree

Question: We are in a severe drought, but have been watering with well water.
One of our large oak trees has new limbs growing the the old limps, but straight up into the tree. Only one tree has this. It's like a Banyon Tree but in reverse. Will these limbs do any damaga to the tree?

Answer: What you see are suckers and they will always remain straight up (sometimes called water sprouts, but in a drought, this is hard to believe). You can prune them off your tree if you can reach them. Otherwise, leave them alone and they will add a little character to your oak tree.

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