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28/04/2012 at 19:27

Hi

I have a tree in my garden that has a dark brown trunk leading up to furry branches that all point skyward, the new growth is kind of red.

The previous gardener seemed to have hacked at cutting it back in places so can someone help in advising me about how, when, where and how much I can do in pruning this tree please.

Thanks

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28/04/2012 at 19:57

Did you try to post a photo?

28/04/2012 at 20:24
It sounds like it may be a sumak tree. They can be attractive in the right setting but do grow very large, and fast, if in the ground. Also they tend to send up alot of root suckers, sometimes through surrounding lawn, quite a distance from the parent plant. Hope this helps
28/04/2012 at 21:10
And the pruning....assuming Im right about the tree. Light pruning in late spring/early summer, after all risk of frost has passed. Tangled or crossing branches and any dead or dying branches. Thats it! Try not to over-prune as you can end up with lopsided growth.
28/04/2012 at 21:19

As has been said Phil, try and post a pic. If we see it we WILL identify it for you.

04/05/2012 at 14:02

Hi Guys,

I've found out what it is, it's a Staghorn Sumac and thanks for your help.

The previous occupant had cut it quite bad on the one side so yes it has grown lop-sided lol but that too was because he had a few unwanted bushes on the one side namely a Laurel, Hawthorn, and two varieties of Conifer (one was the type where it knits inside itself) all removed now in order to open up the garden, and now it looks impressive, I've read online about them and have already pruned all dead wood off and removed any suckers, am thinking that I might leave it this year and prune it back ready for next, then again I might get a Pro in as it's about 15' high now lol

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04/05/2012 at 16:47
Im glad you got to the bottom of it...I was curious to know. Thanks
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