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Q.Is it possible to grow a chinese elm from stump?

Zone 85374 | Anonymous added on August 10, 2020 | Answered

After a storm blew over my Chinese elm, I cut it down to a stump. (diameter of stump is about 6 inches). 8 months later, the tree has come back and looks like a bush. Can I trim and reshape so it will become a tree or are these just limbs that will not support a tree?

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Answered on August 11, 2020

The answer to your question is a guarded, yes. If the stump is still alive, if it hasn't decayed and if it has enough energy to send up shoots, or suckers that can absorb sunlight, it can grow. It won't grow back to look like the original tree, but you can start new trees from its suckers. If the tree was grafted, you may only get the rootstalk tree and not the desirable tree grafted on top.

Here's an article that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/planting-a-tree-shoot.htm

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