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my 7' tall hybrid aspen died this spring. I have let three suckers coming from the dead base grow thinking i could have a clump of trees. So far the suckers have grown about 5' this summer. Is this a good idea or should i remove everything?

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If you want the aspen tree then yes the sprouts will be come a tree. If you do not want the several trunks near each other then this Fall select the tallest and straightest and cut the others. You could wait until spring to make sure they survive the winter. But yes these can be new trees. Aspen sprouts and many people will grow new trees from these sprouts.  

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I am an expert in Forestry, Forest Entomology, Forest Pest Control, and Forest Health. Extensive knowledge in Identification of insects and diseases of trees. Expert on Bark beetles and other insects that attack forests. Also a Registrated Forester with extensive knowledge in the management and care of forests.

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34 years as State Pest Management Chief in a Southern state. Extensive knowledge in Forestry.

BS with major in Forest Management and Entomology
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