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We have a pink horse chestnut which is healthy and about 50ft tall. However it has a fully grown trunk which if anything is even healthier, of the white variety, growing almost from the bottom of it. We think this may weaken the pink tree as each season the pink section 's flowers and leaves die off long before the white. we want to cut off the sucker, is it advisable and how can we kill that bit off?

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This sucker will be coming from below the graft point of the pink form. Effectively, you can't really kill this off as the pink variety is using the roots of the white form. You could get a tree expert/surgeon to cut off the offending stem as close to the point of origin as possible and just keep an eye out for any subsequent re growth and remove as and when necessary.

21 Mar, 2010


Thanks for your good advice - I really appreciate it!

21 Mar, 2010


No problem Maddie.

21 Mar, 2010

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