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I have one of these Bee bee trees, or should I say had one of these trees ...

... as my partner mistook it for an Ash tree and cut it down to a stump about 50cm from the ground. Will it re-sprout or shall I buy one?

Comments (3)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Oh woe! This is a tree I'd never encountered, but it looks lovely - but I can understand that someone would mistake it for Ash, with those pinnate leaves.

    The good news is that it will probably resprout: but the bad news is that it might spoil its "form" - they are described as forming an umbrella-like canopy, and having been unexpectedly pollarded at a low height, it will probably send out a bunch of new growth, making it more of a lollipop than an umbrella.

    You could try watching carefully as it produces sprouts, then choosing the one that is closest to being upright, and removing all the others, leaving just the one shoot to continue upwards. I had a silver birch that was 10' tall and blown right over in the wind, a few years back: I had to chop it off at 6' above the ground as it was so top heavy that I couldn't get it back upright. Without all the weight, I managed to push it back upright and stamp the earth down. It grew a new "leader" and although it looked odd for the first couple of years, now, you honestly wouldn't know that it had ever been chopped.

    I have no idea if you will be so lucky with this one, but it is worth trying! Water it well now, to encourage it to grow: when the new growths are about 6-8" long (20cms) assess them, and choose the most upright one. Gently remove all the othes by cutting them off very close to the trunk, and rub off any further new growth as soon as it appears, in order to encourage the one that you have left, to grow big and strong.

    Good luck! Take photos!

  2. Grower

    Paul H.

    Instead of throwing away those surplus sprouts, try using them as semi hardwood cuttings. I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly they grow into something equally as beautiful as the specimen that was mistakenly chopped down. Either way, all is not lost.

  3. Grower

    Jim Edwards

    Yes water well, look for new shoots coming up from the base they are easily Propogated from root cuttings


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