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Are these tree suckers or something else?

Hi everyone, 
I’m not green fingered at all so need help. Are these tree suckers? They are coming from the bottom of a plum tree and have had a couple of similar things sprouting nearby. A couple of them have grown fairly tall. Any help appreciated. 


  • abby.07abby.07 Posts: 9
    They look like tree suckers to me
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,088
    abby.07 said:
    They look like tree suckers to me
    ... and to me 

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

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,253
    edited July 2019
    Pull them off as low as you can get . If you cut them off they resprout.  It is coming from the rootstock, so will not give the same type of plums as the top of the plant.
  • Ok. And is it likely they would also sprout from soil surrounding the tree nearby? Not directly from the tree itself? Had something similar there 
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,253
    They will also come up from roots some feet away, especially if the root is damaged by digging.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,594
    Yes, plum suckers.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
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