Weeping Peashrub - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by salzner
June 2, 2005
I have a weeping peashrub that did not come into bloom this year (has for the past 7). Many of the stems are brittle and will snap off when touched. But the tree had hip high growth all around the bottom. What has happened to it?


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Answer from NGA
June 2, 2005
This plant is usually grafted so I suspect something has happened to cause the root stock to grow and the top weeping portion to die out. This could be cold damage to the graft, for example, or damage to the trunk that would limit the circulation to the top of the tree. You would need to trim off any dead wood (dry, brittle, no green inside the bark) as it will not regrow. If there is growth from the root stock beginning either below ground or low on the trunk (anywhere below the graft) you need to remove that as soon as it appears. If you do not, this type of growth will rob the remaining desirable branches of nutrients and moisture and will soon overtake it. I'm sorry about your tree.

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