Asked on Jun 22, 2017

How to stop spread of suckers of choke cherry tree

our choke cherry tree was allowed to spead for about a year. After we bough the house we started cutting around the base. No matter what we do (digging roots, covering with black cloth) nothing works. Its now attempting to grow as far as 5 m distance!!!

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  • FL FL on Jun 22, 2017

    Try this site for tips and advice:  ; Good luck!

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 22, 2017

    I remember picking chokecherries for my grandmother at the edges of farm fields fences. Every year there seemed to be more. I didn't know they were trees too. Perhaps they are growing off the main roots of the tree as it spreads its roots.

  • Stephanie Rozmarich Stephanie Rozmarich on Jun 22, 2017

    1. Mow over new suckers when new growth shoots from the roots. Check your yard periodically for suckers. Suckers are easier to trim when they are caught young and small. Prune during times of the year when mowing is infrequent. Use pruning shears to cut back new suckers.

    2. Cover the area around the tree with a layer of topsoil. Reseed the area with grass as desired. Cherry tree suckers are produced by roots at the top level of the ground and this may curb the growth of new suckers.

    3. Monitor the area where suckers are most commonly found. Some trees produce suckers from only one root. Gently dig away the area where the suckers are often found. If you can identify a single root that is causing trouble, you may attempt to remove it, but this should be considered a last resort only as it may damage the tree. Contact a professional arborist should you decide to remove a root from your tree. This should be done professionally to do as little damage to the tree as possible.

    Things You Will Need: Lawn mower, pruning shears, and


  • Mary Gendron Mary Gendron on Jun 22, 2017

    Chockcherries make seeds. Seeds drop to the ground, seeds sprout. Cut the sprouts or mow them down.

  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on Jun 22, 2017

    Yes, start with the sprouts!

  • Lise Neer Lise Neer on Jun 21, 2021

    My neighbor’s choke cherry tree has been taking over half my lawn and gardens along the fence between our properties.

    All he’s offered is that I should mow them down. I bought some expensive sucker stopper a couple years ago and it worked, but they’re suckering even worse now. He refused to cut down the trees b/c he likes the shade. I’m not sure what to do besides sending him a bill via Venmo to help with the cost of the sucker stopper. Don’t want to redo my landscape a second time, in order to kill the suckers.


  • Alexandra Novoselov Alexandra Novoselov on Jun 21, 2021

    I have the same problem and have no idea what to do 🙁