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I have a tree/shrub which I am told is called a stag tree but it's overtaking. Help

Essex, United Kingdom Gb

I do not know what is proper name is but I would really appreciate any advice on how to contain it or even get rid of it as I want to use that part of my garden for another veggie patch. Thanks



I think this may be a Sumach. If so, they produce suckers and can be a bit of a menace.

I wouldn't have one in the garden - cut it down and dig out the roots - trace then along so that you don't leave any in. Good luck!

9 Jul, 2009


Sounds like Rhus (sumach), which suckers. Read my blog on tree stump treatments if you can't get the roots out - you'll need to treat the suckers in a similar way to the roots.

9 Jul, 2009


I inherited one of these that suckered all over the place. I had the top taken down and it suckered even worse and then I got honey fungus. You really have to dig out every piece of root - a long, slow job - to get rid of this tree :-(

9 Jul, 2009


Unusual shrub but a thug. My father had one in his garden and it ran everywhere. I was down the village this afternoon and I noticed one in a neighbours garden - there were tiny suckers coming up all over the lawn. I don't know how it can be contained without a major excavation project to remove all the suckers.

9 Jul, 2009

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