February 25, 2011
I have an eight-year-old, semi-dwarf Apricot tree that developed a sucker from ground level. It is now as large as the original trunk, about 4 inches in diameter. I noticed that last year it bore almost no fruit and upon inspection realized the situation with the sucker.
Is it worth it to remove this very large ‘Siamese tree’, or should I remove the whole tree and start over?
February 27, 2011
I would try to remove the sucker. The tree should be able to handle it and you will see an improvement in production from the main trunk once the sucker is removed.