broken apple tree - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by mapadaisy34
July 5, 2010
I have an apple tree that is particiallydead. The branches were broken and the leaves did not come back this spring, but there was a growth at the bottom of the trunk of the tree. Is this still part of the apple tree? or is it a grafting that is still growing. Can I cut the top of the trunk off, or should I just baby the whole tree?

Answer from NGA
July 5, 2010
The sprouts coming up from the base of the tree are probably from a vigorous rootstock - an apple tree, but maybe not the same as the one you've been growing. You won't know for several years until it sets fruit whether or not it is the same as before. Rather than take a chance, I'd dig the old tree out and replace it with a healthy new one.

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