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Old 07-13-2019, 02:18 PM
 
Location: SNA=>PDX 2013
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What is going on with this? Is this two different bushes/trees?

And what do I do with it? Cut down the green stuff?

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Old 07-13-2019, 02:23 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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It looks like you may have some growth out of the roots happening.

I'd almost have to be there to look at it.
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Old 07-13-2019, 02:52 PM
 
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Can you take a close look by following the green shoots down to see where they originate from?
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Old 07-13-2019, 02:53 PM
 
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It looks like you may have some growth out of the roots happening.

I'd almost have to be there to look at it.
So it's like growing another tree/bush? But they look so different. Is it really the same thing?

If you need, I can go take some pics and try to show you what it looks like underneath.
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Old 07-13-2019, 03:32 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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So it's like growing another tree/bush? But they look so different. Is it really the same thing?

If you need, I can go take some pics and try to show you what it looks like underneath.
Maybe. If you have a grafted plant it's very possible.

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Old 07-13-2019, 04:40 PM
 
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So it's like growing another tree/bush? But they look so different. Is it really the same thing?

If you need, I can go take some pics and try to show you what it looks like underneath.

No, they are both maples but they aren't the same species of maple. Those green branches are suckers from a different maple. There are two possibilities - (1) is that a completely separate green maple is growing beside the red Japanese laceleaf maple - and (2) is that the red laceleaf maple was orginally grafted onto the root stock of the green maple and now the green root stock has sent out some suckers of its own from below or in the vicinity of the graft. Number 2 is the most likely explanation.

In any case if you want to save the life of the red Japanese laceleaf maple you need to cut away all the green leaved maple sucker branches as close as possible to the trunk or roots. And you need to do that as soon as possible. Otherwise the suckers WILL overgrow and overwhelm and sap all energy and food away from the red maple, it will get way too big and the red will die. Guaranteed. That would be a terrible shame since the red laceleaf is a truly beautiful, elegant, valuable little tree and has the promise to get larger and very majestic looking. And that green maple is just a scrag whose only value would have been the rough root stock that was used for grafting. You will also have to check from time to time to ensure that no more green suckers are appearing.

It would be good if you could take pictures of the area under the branches close to the tree trunk(s) and ground just to determine the origin of the green maple suckers.

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Old 07-13-2019, 05:58 PM
 
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As previously posted, determine where the green leafed shoots are originating from!
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Old 07-13-2019, 07:28 PM
 
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All Japanese Maples are grafted onto a more hardy, disease resistant root stock. We see dual variety Japanese Maples around here all the time, because people neglect to cut off the suckers coming up from the base/trunk. Same with a weeping flower in cherry tree, they will put out shoots that go straight up, from the main trunk because their grafts are at the top.
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Old 07-13-2019, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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I have a very large camellia with red & white variegated flowers. But for some years now, branches have come up with white flowers, which are apparently from the root stock on which the variegated shrub was grafted. But that's fine with me, as I enjoy both types of flowers and the white-flowered branches have never claimed more than about 10% of the whole plant. I also had a tall tree rose, with big, red flowers. It did well for many years, but then petered out and died. But the next year, vines with beautiful, burgundy-colored climbing roses emerged from the root stock. They have spread all over through other trees and shrubs and last for the whole summer. None of the other plants seem to be diminished nor are suffering from the roses, so all is good.

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Old 07-15-2019, 11:29 AM
 
Location: SNA=>PDX 2013
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Thanks everyone. Let me see if I can get some pics this evening. I think I've cut them back before, but not down to the roots. I'll see what's going on if I can.

I didn't plant this - was here when I bought the house - but I'd really like to get this thing under control. Still need to figure out how to even care/prune the red one.
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