Root-suckering trees can be a landscaping problem.
If you don't want to deal with root suckers (clone trees sprouting up from the roots of a "parent" tree,) don't plant the trees listed below. Some of them produce more root suckers than others, but all of them will send up shoots on a regular basis.
If you plant them, you can control the suckers by keeping the grass mowed around them. If you aren't vigilant, you may soon have a thicket or a pure stand. If you have a small yard, your neighbors will have to deal with the constant sprouting of root suckers from your tree also.
To help minimize root suckering, avoid any injury to the "parent" tree, such as pruning it or shearing off the tops of its roots with the lawn mower.
This is probably an incomplete list.
- Alders --Alnus
- Poplars --Populus -- cottonwoods, aspens, poplars (look for non-suckering varieties)
- Sumacs -- Rhus
- Willows -- Salix
- Black locust -- Robinia pseudoacacia
- Honey Locust -- Gleditsia triacanthos
- Sassafras -- Sassafras albidum (Nutt.) Nees
- Blackgum -- Nyssa sylvatica Marsh
- Beech -- Fagus grandifolia Ehrh.
- Southern Crabapple -- Malus angustifolia Michaux
- Wild cherries -- Prunus serotina, Prunus virginiana, Prunus avium, Prunus padus
- Wild plums -- Prunus americana
- Lindens -- Tilia
- Persimmon -- Diospyros spp.
- Pawpaw -- Asimina triloba (will create a "pawpaw patch")
- Devil's walking stick --Aralia spinosa
- Common hoptree -- Ptelea trifoliata
- Nannyberry -- Viburnum lentago
- Blackhaw -- Viburnum prunifolium
- Chinese mulberry -- Cudrania tricus pidata
- Chinese jujuba -- Zizyphus jujuba
- Juneberries -- Amelanchier spp. (serviceberries, etc.)
- White Poplar -- Populus alba
- Russian Olive -- Elaeagnus angustifolia L.
- Autumn Olive -- Elaeagnus umbellata Thunberg
- European Black Alder Alnus glutinosa -- produces root suckers and spreads rampantly by seed
- English Elm -- Ulmus procera
- Mimosa - - Albizia julibrissin -- produces root suckers and spreads rampantly by seed