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May 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm #607604
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?May 23, 2013 at 10:24 pm #790534
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…!May 24, 2013 at 12:34 am #790535
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.May 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm #790536
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