May I say what a wonderful gardening site you have here? I'm not a very good gardener, but keep trying. I have a crabapple tree which grows 12 feet from a large variegated weigela shrub. When pruning the weigela, I noticed 4 large crabapple suckers growing out from the middle of the shrub. One seemed to actually be coming out of one of the weigela branches. We have treated them as suckers (i.e. cut them off) but are worried that the weigela doesn't look at all well. I would be grateful if you could advise what should be done, and whether they are likely to take over the shrub.