Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:47
Amber.......you are quite quite right in saying that the Sumach is a lovely tree in the right place. Unfortunately, many of the people on the forum are having problems caused by the cutting back/cutting down of these trees.....in many cases previous owners/gardeners having done this and the leaving the consequent problems for others to deal with.
They can prove to be an enormous problem sending suckers for many metres. In some situations, it is not easy to remove the whole tree stump (such as growing against a house wall ) and therefore does create a very difficult problem. The suckers can grow through foundations and pop up in unlikely places.
I personally am in the 3rd season of eradicating this tree............not easy by any means