Need Advice on Hazel Nut Tree

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    SJoy
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    I have a hazel nut tree that is beautiful. The problem is, about 9 years ago I hired a company to trim the tree. This company TOPPED IT. I was so angry… even I know not to top a tree.

    Through the years the stickers have grown and spread. I need the stickers to stop spreading.

    I would hire someone professionally to deal with it, but frankly I do not have the money for it. Any ideas on what I can do to stop this spreading?

    #790534

    anonyme
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    SJoy: by “stickers” do you mean suckers – branches that sprout out from around the base of the plant?

    Corylus (hazelnut, filbert)is a shrubby tree or tree-like shrub that suckers naturally. There is nothing you can do to “stop” this process; you have to cut them off every year, preferably during the summer months. You don’t need a professional to do this. Alternatively, you can allow the plant to become a large shrub.

    Filberts are usually multi-trunked and shrubby, so the topping (I assume you mean the ends of the uppermost branches were cut off) may not have done a lot of harm in this case as this tree/shrub doesn’t usually have a central leader. Filberts can be maintained either as a shrub, or pruned up to have a crown. The topping has nothing to do with suckering. Does your specimen produce nuts?

    Let me know if you need more info, I may not be understanding your questions correctly…!

    #790535

    SJoy
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    Thank you anonyme – Yes they are suckers sorry :-)

    Thank you for the information, I thought that there might we a way to stop the spreading. I don’t mind them at the base of the tree but they are now popping up about 4 feet from the tree. I do cut them back a few times a year but I noticed that after the tree was topped, many more suckers appeared and I started finding them growing much farther from the tree. I’m afraid it’s going to take up the whole area – which I don’t want.

    #790536

    anonyme
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    Filberts do tend to take over the neighborhood, and can be difficult to eradicate. They will re-sprout even if cut to the ground.

    If you want to replace the plant with something less aggressive, I might be able to make some suggestions for you.

    Good luck!

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