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Having read / seen all the advice about summer pruning, I decided to give it a go. I noticed two vertical branches growing parallel to the main trunk from about 50 cms up the trunk. The leaves on these branches are a different shade from all the others and they are not bearing any fruit. Are they suckers and if so do I need to prune tham close to the trunk?
You can tell if they are suckers if they come from below the "scion" , the bump on the stem that marks the joint between the rootstock and the variety of plum that you chose in the shop.
If they come from below that bump, snap them off and paint with a good wound healing paint. If they are above the bump then they should be grue to the variety that you bought.
If you don't take them off they will drain the strength from your tree and turn it into a wild plant with no virtuous merits at all.