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Zone 7 | tandereed added on June 21, 2012 | Answered

Should the shoots growing up from the bottom of the Crepe Mytle tree be allowed to grow or should they be cut off?

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Answered on June 21, 2012

These shoots at the bottom are referred to as suckers. A plant sucker is an effort by the tree to grow more branches, especially if the tree is under stress. You can remove them without harm to the tree and if they have roots when you remove them, you can plant them somewhere else to grow. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/tree-sucker-removal-and-tree-sucker-control.htm

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