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Please help with ID, and advice.

scobec16scobec16 Posts: 15
We are new to gardening so may be a silly question. We bought a couple Prunus amanogawa but at the bottom of one seems to be a different plant, see photo:

Does anyone know what/why it is and what we should do with it?
Thank you.
Scott and Becca 


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,735
    the bit at the bottom is growing from the rootstock. The top bit is grafted onto it. You can see the join , the sloping bit, a few inches above soil level
    Remove the bottom bit.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,925
    edited April 2019
    Well spotted!  👍 

    Your cherry variety is one that has been grafted onto another prunus rootstock to improve its growth. Sometimes the rootstock will produce shoots (called suckers) and these need to be removed or they will take over and grow much bigger than the variety you have chosen. 

    This should help

    Theres a garden that I frequently walk past where this has happened ... I wish someone had explained to the owner what to do. My fingers twitch when I walk past but I don’t know the owner. 🙄 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • scobec16scobec16 Posts: 15
    Thank you both. @Hostafan1 @Dovefromabove
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