We have a Kentucky coffee tree that we planted in April 2019. Last fall we had an early hard freeze that damaged many of the trees around here, and appears to have completely killed the coffee tree. This spring it's sending up a strong sucker from the base of the trunk, which I would like to just let go and see if it grows into a strong tree.
Is there anything special I should do to take care of the sucker? Currently I have it bungee corded to the trunk of the main tree for support. Should I cut the main tree down as soon as possible (and then stake the sucker) to give the sucker room to grow? Can I leave the trunk there for now, as it provides a good support? Anything else I should do?