Mother crabapple Tree has dark red leaves & suckers green leaves?

mccommas(z5CT)April 29, 2013

I would think this was a graphed tree but I have heard of a crabapple cut down completely and then it sends up both suckers with green and some with red leaves.

If there is a union between the graphed tree and the root stock, would that be under the grade? I don't see one above the grade.

Anywho I just think its a nifty way to get more trees. What is your experience with this?

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

The graft is probably either below the soil level or very smooth so you can't see it. The red leaves will be coming from the scion (the top part of the tree which is grafted onto the rootstock) and the green from the rootstock. A green leaved rootstock can't produced both green and red leaves and nor can a red leaved scion. You could dig out suckers and provided they have some roots they should grow. However, red leaved shoots coming from the scion will probably not have any roots.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 11:25AM
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mccommas(z5CT)

Thanks Flora UK!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 8:48PM
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