Loropetalum Suckers

loropetalum suckers
A member of the witch hazel family, Loropetalum has proven to be a workhorse in the American garden. From tree form “old fashions” to the fancy new dwarfs suitable for mixed borders and containers, Loropetalum is justifiably popular. Foliage selections give massive blocks of green to burgundy to near black foliage. All are tough, disease free, floriferous, and abuse resistant.  Prune them hedge form, limb them up tree form, cut them to the ground. They can take it.
But, there is this tendency to sucker. And I do mean sucker, as bad as a crepe myrtle ever thought to be. From every pruning cut, from every damaged root, and for eons, they remember old injuries and throw off those suckers, month after month, year after year.
Diligence and persistence are required. Suckers are best removed while young and soft, using your thumb. Just push them off. No pruners necessary. In fact, pruning just makes matters worse, creating even MORE suckers as the plant responds to a cut by, you guessed it: suckering.


Mike Rushing

Mike and Paula Rushing have been gardening in St. Clair county since 1990, and In Forest Park since 2007. A Jefferson County Master Gardener and course instructor at Master Gardening classes, Mike also volunteers weekly at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

2 thoughts on “Loropetalum Suckers

  1. Thank you for your info on Loropetalum suckers. Have any suggestions on getting rid of the suckers permanently? Its getting to the point that I’m ready to have the plants removed. They are taking over the bed where they had been planted and I’m getting to old and tired:)

    Thanks again for addressing this issue,

    Lynn in Atlanta

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