Understanding the Causes for Trees Developing Water Sprouts

October 9, 2023
Sunny Crutchfield


In this insightful video, ISA Certified Arborist Wes Rivers delves into the intriguing world of tree care and explore the phenomenon of water sprouts that often grace the trunks of trees. With a focus on both aesthetics and health, our expert explains the underlying reasons behind these enigmatic growths. Discover how trees respond to stress through the emergence of water sprouts, triggered by factors like rigorous pruning or a decline in overall health, as they strive to reclaim lost energy. Additionally, we unveil the captivating adaptation of trees to changing light conditions. Witness the dormant buds beneath the bark springing to life when exposed to newfound light, leading to the growth of water sprouts that enable trees to thrive in their transformed environment. The video navigates the common dilemma faced by tree owners: whether to remove these sprouts for a more visually pleasing appearance or to prioritize the tree’s health.

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