It seems maples are most prone to this suckering and have a propensity to grow multiple trunks; which is okay if you can keep up on the growth habit of the trunks. The problem I find is that the trunks get too big and crowd each other out at the base, perhaps making the tree a bit weaker and unstable.
I do not like this situation at all. But what can I do? I certainly do not want to mangle the tree by taking out one or two trunks, yet I worry Mother Nature will do it for me if I don't. Note the far left trunk is resting on the privacy fence. That trunk will for sure have to be removed at some point, or the fence will come down.
What are your suggestions to deal with this problem? Any ideas? I do love multi-trunked birches, and I guess to a certain extent the crepes, perhaps even maples, but I think this particular silver maple has too many. What do you say? Anyone else have this problem?
in the garden....contemplating multi-trunked trees.