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Q.Can you let a sucker grow into a full tree without removing/replanting it?

Zone 80015 | Anonymous added on August 21, 2020 | Answered


We had to cut down our huge cottonwood in our front yard. Now there are suckers coming up everywhere. There is one particular that I want to let grow because it is in a good spot. If I just let it grow will it turn into another full cottonwood? Is there anything I need to do along the way?

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Answered on August 24, 2020

Our experts say you definitely can grow a new tree from a sucker. It sounds like your sucker is away from the original tree. The only caveat would be if the cottonwood were grafted, then the sucker probably would not be a desirable plant.

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