Another name for a bush - shorter than a tree and with multiple stems.

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How can I naturally encourage birds into my garden?

We love having our garden filled with birds, thus we have put up a variety of bird feeders. We also make lots of water available for the birds. The result is a 2½ year old that can identify about ...
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Why didn't my forsythia cuttings root?

In May, I took some greenwood forsythia cuttings, dipped them in a hormone rooting powder and planted them in rooting mix. The mix was kept moist all year. I had thought they had rooted because they ...
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What is this shrub and has it come back from the dead?

We had this deciduous shrub in our lawn for many years. Its height was about 1.5m - 2m. This photo is from a couple of years ago. Strange thing is that this spring it seemed to have died. We ...
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Is it possible to indefinitely limit the growth of trees, hedges, and shrubs?

Now that I've lived in my very nicely landscaped first home for over 10 years, I have several "overgrown" trees, hedges, and shrubs (mostly, but not all evergreens) in my landscaping, and at this ...
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What kind of landscaping plants do livestock avoid eating and need minimal attention?

I'd like to plant plants/trees/shrubs along the sidewalk on the roads to improve the landscaping and general appearance. However, I live in Gurgaon, India and it is common to see livestock (cows, ...
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Hexagonal bush?

I have seen the pictured bush today when hiking around Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. From a distance, hexagonal patterns are visible: Adjacent branches grow in an almost perfect 45° angle relative to ...
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Can I force a dormant forsythia branch to bloom by bringing it inside?

I live in Massachusetts, where we have approximately three feet of snow in the yard, and the temperature has been well below freezing nearly every day for the last two months. In an article in ...
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How can I remove a bush whose roots are breaking concrete?

In our backyard there is a bush growing up the side of a wall, using a drain pipe to crawl up. Its trunk has grown to be relatively thick (~ 10 cm) and it is now causing the concrete to split on the ...
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What are some small deciduous shrubs that can grow in USDA zone 4?

A particular site in our garden (USDA zone 4) has dry, sandy soil over heavy clay and gets full sun. There is excellent drainage due to the retaining wall on one side that has a drainage pipe situated ...
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Is this deciduous shrub with leathery green leaves in Northern England, some sort of cotoneaster?

Our garden in the North of England was full of these when we moved in. It grows a lot vertically, never seems to flower, is deciduous, and has leathery green leaves. Been trying to work out what it ...
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Does Dawn dishwashing detergent kill plants (shrubs & flowers)?

Yesterday I was talking to my neighbor, and he was telling me he was cleaning the trim on his house with Dawn (dishwashing detergent used in the US) mixed in water. I thought I read somewhere that ...
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Options for an edible privacy “fence”?

I live on a corner lot, with neighbors' fencing on two sides of my back yard, the house on a third, and an open street on the fourth. Rather than installing a fence myself, to provide privacy in the ...
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How do I save lilac seeds?

I know it's possible, because that's how people come out with new hybrids, but how does one go about saving the seeds of a lilac? Specifically, I have the straight species of Syringa vulgaris, and ...
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How do I kill a butterfly bush so it stays dead?

I have four Butterfly Bushes (Buddleja davidii) in my yard from a previous owner. I believe two are the Black Knight cultivar, but I'm not sure what the other two are. I spend a lot of time every ...
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Are there any ways to cut back sea buckthorn, other than brute force?

Today I was part of a volunteer team that cut back just over 800 square metres (roughly 8600 sq. ft.) of sea buckthorn encroaching onto a nature reserve, which basically came down to lopping and ...
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What is this pink flowering alpine shrub?

What's the name of this plant and where can one find it? The picture is taken in the Austrian Alps in maybe 2500m. Click image for full size
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Can I trim this shrub into a spiral shape?

I have these 2 shrubs (circled in red) that I need to trim. I'm wondering if I can turn them into/trim it into a spiral shape (like in the 2nd photo). I'm finding it very difficult to find what kind ...
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Help me identify and how to manage, this shrub in my new house yard

Help me identify this shrub in my new house yard. I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in USDA hardiness zone 6/7. Should I cut it back? When should I do that? Also how can I propagate it? Picture ...
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What does 'standard' mean when referring to shrubs and vines?

I often see shrubs and vines for sale labeled as 'standards'. What does that mean? Examples: Roses Rose of Sharon Trumpet Vine Wisteria And so on.
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How do I prune my mop-head hydrangea?

I have a five year old Annabelle Hydrangea that is getting bushy. I have lightly pruned it in the past, but I don't know really know how I am supposed to do it. It is about 4' high and 6' wide. How do ...
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How long does it take a mock-orange bush to flower?

I have a four year old mock-orange that is eight feet (2.4m) tall and six feet (1.8m) wide, and I'm getting impatient for some flowers. It's planted in partial shade in a valley. I prune it in ...
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What sort of planting layout should I follow to cover a fence with a hedge?

I'm planning on planting around 500 ft of evergreen hedge in Tennessee, partly in the sun and partly in shade. I talked to a local landscaping company who recommended one of the following: ...
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How can I save Yew bush branches severely bent by snow and ice?

It's been snowing on these Yew bushes for the past three months of this harsh Massachusetts winter. With regular gentle cleaning, they've been doing fine. After last week's snow it warmed up a bit, ...
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Planting shrubs on a gently sloped landscape.

I have a couple shrubs I want to plant on a slanted landscape; nothing severe, maybe 10 degrees. Should I plant perpendicular to the ground, or perpendicular to an imaginary level surface? If it ...
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What is a good shrub for privacy for the Pacific Northwest USA?

I live in Seattle WA and am looking for some ideas on what type of hedge/shrub to grow near my fence to increase privacy. Some requirements: Grow fast (to about 10' or so) Stay pretty even in winter ...
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What is this pink/lavender flowering shrub?

The previous home owner has planted these in my backyard in Austin, Texas. They are blooming currently. What are these beautiful flowers?
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Best practices to grow haskap bush: Lonicera caerulea edulis

This honeysuckle with edible fruit is being sold by retailers in my area as the new best thing. After researching them I planted three varieties to get good cross pollination. What experience ...
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How & when should I prune a Weigela bush?

I have a medium sized Weigela bush in my garden. Can anyone advise me on how best to prune it, when to prune it and how often? There is lots of new green growth on the tips of the stems that ...
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Mystery in Pennsylvania garden

This one has proven to be a real mystery, even when we asked a Master Gardener. Serrated edges, each cup 2-3 inches in width, about a foot in height.
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Where can I find a large shrub to replace one that died in a hedge? (See details)

With the drought last year I lost two fairly large (~ 5 foot tall) Photonia/Redtip shrubs that were part of a hedge. I've been to several nurseries, but the biggest one I've seen for sale anywhere is ...
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Can I cover an evergreen shrub in winter?

I have a small evergreen shrub that gets frost burn in winter. I had been told to use tar paper on it over winter, but I was concerned that since it is a broad-leaved evergreen it might need light in ...
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Should I prune Rudbeckia for winter?

My Rudbeckias have had a great 2nd summer, have now grown up to 60cm ish in height and have flowered like mad for at least a couple of months. I'm just wondering how best to care for them over the ...
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Does fish emulsion (or another foliar feed) work as a foliar fertilizer on needle leaved evergreens?

I know how fish emulsion works as a foliar spray on deciduous shrubs, but will it work on needle leaved evergreens such as mugho pines and junipers? If not, what should be used for comparable result? ...
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What is this woody plant?

I just dug up this tree (I think it is a tree), and I wanted to know if someone could help me identify it. Click for larger images. This woody plant was growing in Illinois near some marshy land ...
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Are blackberries hard to control?

I just planted two unnamed blackberry cultivars in a raised bed with rhubarb surrounded by flagstone. It seemed like a good idea at the time but now based on a remark about how they are a "nightmare ...
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When and how do I trim these bushes?

We moved in to a house with bushes trimmed neatly, but well over the sidewalk. Do I trim this back all at once, or over a long period of time (months? Years?)? We are in southeast Michigan, and will ...
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Should I seal the wounds where limbs were removed on a crape myrtle?

I have a crape myrtle that I attempted to transplant last spring. Unfortunately, it didn't do so well (I damaged more of the roots than I intended), and while it did leaf out last year, after a long ...
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How do I prune boxwoods to control for boxwood leaf miner?

Our boxwoods have a moderate infestation of boxwood leaf miners. Sources recommend pruning to help manage them, and mention that you should cut at a certain time in the pest's lifecycle. But they ...
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What flowers and shrubs will grow without outside help?

I would like to plant some shrubs and/or flowers in a mostly wooded area behind my house (in NE Oklahoma). What are some good candidates that are (1) cheap, (2) perennial, and (3) hardy enough to ...
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Shrub with white flowers and lemon-jasmine scent

We bought our house & neglected garden 1.5 years ago. Last spring a somewhat scraggy shrub surprised us with a few white flowers on two or three branches that had a very strong lemony, jasmine ...
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What kind of shrub or bush is this, black berries, elongated leaves?

There are a couple of these bushes next to my house. I tried to identify them, but can't find them. Leaves are elongated, alternating and unlobed. They are ever so slightly serrated. You can see that ...
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What landscaping and erosion control ideas can I use on a hillside with sandy soil?

I am having problems with erosion and can not keep anything on it. I am looking for any ideas to help control this problem. I had a Landscaper come out to look at it and it will cost me up to ...
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How can I help a rhododendron with yellowing leaves and a dead section?

I have a rhododendron which was healthy last year, and produced gorgeous white flowers. Today I noticed that many of the leaves are turning yellow, and a section appears to have died. ...
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My long stemmed rose is growing new leaves

I had a long stemmed rose in a bouquet of flowers. The head had died so I went to discard the stem, only to notice new leaves were shooting out of it in 3 different places. I left the stem in the vase ...
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What is this small shrub with small red berries, and lanceolate, alternate entire leaves?

This shrub is: found growing wild in a field in New Hampshire, USA; USDA Zone 5 about 1m (3') tall alternate, smooth edged, ~6cm (2.5") long leaves growing on a hillside in gravelly, acidic (pH ~5), ...
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What is this shrub with fan shaped toothed leaves and small white blooms, and what are these small bugs?

Can anyone help ID this shrub growing in Zone 6. It's about 5' tall and 3' spread after pruning in the fall. It grows fairly fast. Leaves sort of look like a fan leafed hawthorne to me but not ...
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What is this small annual with white trumpet-shaped flowers?

Moving into a house with a garden last year, I collected black-pepper-like seeds from a dried out small shrub. Putting two of them in a seeding pot resulted in having 2 small shrubs with relatively ...
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How should I prune a damaged Rhododendron?

I had a 6ft tall healthy Rhododendron that a tree decided to fall on. Now it has a big chunk taken out of the middle. Either side of the chunk is still 4ft or so but the middle goes right to the base ...
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What is this bush called and can it be pruned this time of year?

Can anyone identify this bush? The photo was taken in May (in South England). It is slowly turning into a kind of a tree, with long branches without any new shoots, so I would like to prune it and ...
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How should I deadhead a Hydrangea?

How do I remove the dead flowers on my Hydrangea? Do I just cut them off at the bottom of the dead flower bloom? Please advise what and how I should handle the hydrangea flowers after they turn brown. ...