Growth on trunks of trees

Asked June 1, 2019, 10:09 AM EDT

I have two honey locusts , planted 2 years ago in my garden by the Ottawa River. Last year the foliage was sparse. This spring, which is late in coming in Eastern Ontario, the leaves have yet to show themselves, but there are many shoots emerging along the trunk. Is this a problem? Are they sapping the trees’ energy? Should I remove them? Thanks.

Outside United States honey locust

1 Response

Thank you for contacting us. Sprouting along the trunk is usually an indication that the tree is in stress. It is difficult to assess this situation without photos. Can you send us some current photos of the entire tree and a closeup of the trunk where it meets the soil line? Did you plant the trees yourself, or did the nursery plant them? If it was balled and burlapped, do you know if the root ball wrapping was removed?