Water Sprout Branches

Sucker Branch

Why do water sprout branches on the trunk need to be removed?

Some trees such as silver maples sprout smaller branches very easily. The sprout branches are usually at a narrow angle to the trunk. They are structurally weak and break easily. If they are removed when they are small, the wound closes quickly and there is little or no damage to the tree.

Why don't you paint the wounds to help the tree heal?

Trees have a natural defence mechanism, which allows them to grow new tissue and seal their wounds. Scientific evidence shows that tree dressings have no effect in reducing infection by decay organisms or in promoting wound closure.