When your favorite garden tree finally falls, it’s not necessarily the end of the road. If you wait a bit, you might see the tree trying to regrow.
Can a tree grow from a stump? It is quite possible that some tree species regrow from a trunk.
The best way to regrow tree stumps.
If you walk through a forest, you will see many trees growing from the top of a stump. Nature often strives to make felled trees regrow, whether the gardener agrees or not.
Indeed, stump germination is a natural way for fallen trees to regenerate, allowing a stand of trees to reappear after a wildfire or even deer browsing kills young trees.
What happens when the stump has neither branches nor leaves?
The roots of the tree have stored some of the energy created by the tree during photosynthesis, and when the top of the tree falls, this energy passes into new growth from the stump.
Can a tree regrow from a stump?
Many types of trees can and do regrow. But not at all. Fast-growing trees are most likely to produce shoots that can grow into trees.
Some species known for this ability are willows, European chestnuts, poplars, and elms.
Slow-growing trees like oak, maple, or cypress, as well as most conifers, also don’t grow from logs. This means that it is very difficult to regrow one of these trees from the trunk.
If you’re wondering how to grow a tree from a stump, the first step is patience.
Stand back and see if the stump grows. When it does, there will likely be more than a few flare-ups.
If you want a bush, let all the shoots grow and cut them off when they reach the desired size.
If you expect to use a tree, you will need to choose the best shoots and discard the rest. Select one or two of the tallest shoots growing near the stump, not those growing from the stump. Those growing straight from the stump may not develop a strong enough base to grow into a large tree.
Continue to prune other shoots until they stop growing.
Patience and luck!