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Tree in shock?

Flower63Flower63 Posts: 4

Hi all, this is my first post so please be kind if I sound very stupid! I have a large sumack/rhus tree in my garden, which has been here since I moved in 21 years ago. It has doubled in height and flourished every year since then. However, last year, the weight of the branches split the trunk vertically, and although it continued to leaf (?) through the summer, this year it has not grown any leaves at all. It has not thrown out any shoots from the roots either, which is very unusual. Can a tree go into shock, and do you think it will recover?

Thank you for any suggestions, any advice is appreciated.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,350

    Hi Flowers, welcomeimage

    It should be leafing up by now if it's going to. I'd cut it right back and hope for some suckers. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Nicky NickyNicky Nicky Posts: 76

    I have lost two trees due to shock (over pruning when I was not here) So to answer your question in short. Yes a tree can go into shock. Has the truck been split down to the ground? Is there any branches below the split. I would agree with nutcutlet above. if you know it to form suckers normally a hard chop and crossed fingers is probably the best solution. image

  • Flower63Flower63 Posts: 4

    Thank you both for the replies. Nicky, the tree did not split right down to the ground, there's a main trunk for about 2' then it divides into 3 large branches. One of these divided into 2, and that is the one that split back down to the main central trunk. I'll take your advice, and cut I back, if I lose it, I'll have to nip over the back fence and dig up one of the trees that have taken there, after I chucked the last suckers over!!!image


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