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Re: Is it a tree or sucker?

Re: Is it a tree or sucker?
Posted by: chris (IP Logged)
Date: October 11, 2017 08:30

There isn't really a simple answer to this, as there isn't a definitive definition of what a tree is. In English case law the unhelpful definition of a tree is that it is what the ordinary man on the Clapham omnibus would consider to be a tree.

The suckers are the same plant as the original tree and they certainly have the potential to become a tree. If you just leave them for a good few years you will end up with what most people would recognise as a multi-stemmed tree. If you cut out all but one sucker and leave that for long enough you'll get a tree for sure. On the other hand, if you cut them all back every few years you'll never have anything much more than what most would recognise a shrub.

I've seen plenty of big Eucalyptis gunnii trees too close to houses that started out this way. At one point it was fashionable to use the juvenile leaves in flowering arranging. People planted the plant near the house and regularly cut it back to keep it a shrub producing juvenile leaves. Then they got bored with floristry and left it and before long you've got a 20m tree by the back door.

So the answer is… it depends!

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