sumac is it dead

shirley cowan asked 14 years ago

I have had a very successful growing sumac in my back garden which is still producing plenty of suckers. however the tree has not produced any leaves at all. the male flowers developed and then nothing. Should I dig it up and how easy is it to get all the roots out in order to plant another tree. i was thinking of an apple any suggestion.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 5 years ago
The main tree may have died due to a fungal or bacterial attack, which sometimes happens following damage to the bark. it should re-establish from the suckers, or if you do not want this, you can chop out the suckers or cut them and treat the cut surfaces with Roundup.

You can plant an apple tree without getting all the dead roots out … these will rot.

 ‘Discovery’ is a good reliable apple variety.