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Trees, Shrubs and Conifers: Corylus avellana 'Contorta' suckers

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

November 6, 2012
9:37 AM

Post #9326090

Hey, folks. I have a lovely 'Contora' that is doing great. It does sucker with straight stems but that's my only complaint. I remove them when I find them.

My question(s)...if I let one grow, will it hurt the rest of the plant? Will I get something worth keeping? Can I remove and root it to place elsewhere?

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ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 6, 2012
10:31 AM

Post #9326121

I believe that 'Contorta' is typically grafted, which means that the suckers are probably from the rootstock. Not sure if it's the case here, but many times the rootstock plant is more vigorous than the plant grafted on top and will take over if you let it grow, so I'd prune it out. I'm not sure what they typically use for rootstock so no idea if it's worth trying to root the suckers or not.

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


November 6, 2012
11:05 AM

Post #9326135

My folks have an old plant that has always produced suckers from the rootstock, intermediary and above the graft. Some of the intermediary suckers are easier to use in arrangements as they are somewhat contorted.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 6, 2012
11:15 AM

Post #9326145

It is usually grafted on normal Hazel roots, so you'll get a larger, erect-growing shrub. Most people prefer to remove these sprouts, though you do also get the benefit of a better chance of a nut crop from them.

Resin

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

November 6, 2012
12:32 PM

Post #9326212

Yes, I should have mentioned I do know the suckers are coming from the rootstock. Can the sucker be rooted on its own and transplanted elsewhere?

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 25, 2012
11:34 AM

Post #9342073

kwanjin,

I assumed that the suckers are more readilly takes root compared to that of the cultivar itself. That said, when I was new to gardening; roughly dozen years ago. I took many cuttings from 'Contorta' itself. Of the dozen I tried one survived. Now I'm delighted my cutting is a medium 'tree' that adorns my current garden. The old one that I planted nearly 30 years past was cut off when I sold the old house. That pained me so badly when they rid off the beautiful specimen tree..

Also, if the rootstock produces nut crop. Yah! I myself would like that very much. That will benefit wildlife in the garden. Good luck with your Hazel rooting. May I suggest air-layering instead of cutting? With ai-layering, you may succeed more readily, I believe.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

November 25, 2012
7:53 PM

Post #9342544

I will try the air-layering. I cut off all but 2 straight suckers right in the back. I will try air-layering one and leave the other to see what happens. Thanks for the tip.

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