Sucker branch on red Japanese maple

Our red Japanese maple has put out a beautiful and vigorous branch from below mulch level. The only problem is that the leaves are green and less lacy, less articulated. Is this a sucker that should be pruned?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Yes. Red maples are grafted onto a rootstock that's usually a green leaf variety. If the rootstock sends up a shoot, it will be green. It happens now and then, so just clip them off close to the trunk when they appear. Nothing to worry about.


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