Ornamental Purple plum tree - Knowledgebase Question

Question by grosskopf
June 13, 2010
I have a 9 yr. old purple plum tree which produces beautiful white flowers in spring. I have litle shoots of this tree coming up all over my lawn in my flowers and my vegetable garden. It seems the more I cut them down the faster they come up. Some I can dig up others I Can't. They are all over. What can I do to get rid of them? We keep mowing them down and they come up twice as fast. HELP

Answer from NGA
June 13, 2010


Some trees just naturally send up suckers - fruit trees, especially. The usual advice is just to prune them off as soon as they appear. There is a product called Sucker Stopper that is supposed to eliminate the suckers but your mileage may vary. The instructions indicate you need to paint it on a stub of a sucker that you've recently cut off. It might be worth a try. In the meantime, keep cutting down the suckers as they appear. As your tree matures it will eventually stop sending up suckers from the roots.

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