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Asked by mayday on May 29, 2011
Mayday Suckers

I have a beautiful 15-year-old Mayday tree and it has been suckering the past couple years. I have been cutting them off, but they are returning with a vengeance. It is now about a foot thick surrounding the base of the tree and you can’t get a shovel through it. Now I’m noticing sprouts in my lawn. Is there anyway of getting rid of them?  I’m contemplating removing the tree.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

When trees starts suddenly putting up alot of suckers, this is a sign that the tree is under alot of stress. Basically, it thinks it may die and so starts trying to reproduce any way it can.

Check the tree out thoroughly. Is there a pest issue? Is there signs of disease or fungus? Is is getting enough water or nutrients? All of these things can stress a tree and make it start sending up suckers.

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mayday

Thank you for you answer, the tree is perfectly healthy and is beautiful. The tree gets fed on a regular basis since there is garden surrounding it, I have since dug down and removed the root balls that were forming on the trunk under the surface because this is where the shoots were coming from, I also removed the garden since it seems to have started around the same time. As for water, my flowers are striving so Im at a loss.

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Asked by Anonymous on June 19, 2011
Sick May Day Tree

I have a May Day tree that was very healthy for the first six years. In its seventh year, there was a cold snap in the spring just when the tree was trying to leaf out; 65% of the branches leafed, flowered, berried, looked great; 35% did not leaf. This year, its eighth, the same thing happened again in the spring; however, now only 40% of the branches (all lower branches) have leaves and flowered, the remainder have nothing. The branches remain supple, can be fully bent without snapping. Is there no hope for this tree? I would love to save it, but not sure that it can be.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

As long as the branches remain supple and green (you can scratch the surface bark to see if they are green), the branches are still alive and should recover. As long as the tree grows some leaves, it will survive.

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Asked by Farralon on April 30, 2012
Mayday Tree Disease

Black fuzzy tails hanging from branches.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Sounds like you may have black knot. This article will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/plum/black-knot-tree-disease.htm

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