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What are these tall, tree-like shrubs and how often should I water them?

My wife and I just bought a property and I don't know anything about plants or trees. Can someone tell me what the large trees/bushes/plants are and also how often do I need to water them?
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What trees would be good along a boundary wall and avenue in India?

I am from the eastern part of India i.e. Ranchi (Jharkhand ). Can anyone recommend some trees I can plant along the boundary wall of a school campus? They should provide good shade, temperature ...
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Camellia losing its leaves

I had two camellias planted in November (spring) by my landscaper, from the same nursery. They've been fertilised the same at planting and watered the same, and are only 3 feet away. One is losing ...
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Do plum trees fruit if an offspring of another one?

Can plum trees bare fruit if they arise from the rootstock of another plum tree?
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Why does my lemon tree have multi-colored leaves and strange-looking fruit?

The leaves on my lemon tree are yellow and white, and the fruit doesn't look normal.
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Does my Sago Palm have root rot?

My Sago Palm (Cycas Revoluta) has weird-looking clumps in its roots. Is it a Phytophthora root rot infection? If not, what is it?
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Should I prune the lower buds of my bare-root tree that's waking up?

I planted a bare-root Gala apple tree last year, and it's waking up now and budding all over. However, a good number of the buds are close to the ground, and they're coming out along the entire length ...
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Unknown flowering tree, what is it?

What kind of tree is this? Blooming now in central Missouri, USA. Some trees look like this(more bush-like), while others look more tree-like.
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Please help me identify this tree with irregular leaves

I found this tree growing on a farm on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa. p.s. The pink fabric is not part of the tree :p
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What is this thorny tree with small, oval leaves, and seed pods?

I found this tree growing on a farm on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa. It has really nasty thorns sticking out all over. Click on pictures for larger view.
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What is this cone-shaped evergreen tree?

This tree is growing in a garden in Johannesburg, South Africa. I'm pretty sure it's evergreen. I'm not sure whether or not it is indigenous to this area. Click on pictures for full size.
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Why does the tree trunk grow in diameter?

Why does the tree trunk grow in diameter even though you cut the roots and tips of branches?
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How should I save an oak tree wounded by ground root removal?

I had somebody remove some oak tree roots from the ground one month ago. Now a couple of branches look dried. Others have no new leaves growing and the old leaves are dropping. This is in Houston, ...
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Can I keep my Japanese Larch small by pruning?

I have a 4 year old Japanese Larch and would like to prune the leader as it grew very quickly last year and has very few branches compared to the bottom half of the tree which is nice and bushy. I ...
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What is this tree with round yellow fragrant smelling buds?

I saw this flowering tree on the Greek Island of Aegina which was very fragrant, with round yellow buds. Picture was taken in February.
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Can I save an Aloe barberae tree with a split in the trunk?

Today I purchased an Aloe barberae tree from the nursery. During the time it was delivered to my home it split itself on the trunk where it has two branches. The split is approximately 120 mm (just ...
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What's the fastest growing shade tree?

I've heard there are many fast growing trees. Can anyone tell me the fastest growing one suitable as a shade tree near a house? I bought a new house and need a super fast growing tree. I love maples. ...
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How and when should I prune my 5 in one dwarf apple tree, including the suckers?

We have one of those 5 in one apple trees and actually got a couple of apples off of it last year. It seems like we have more trees growing off of it. There are some branch like things sprouting ...
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What problems will result from overgrowth of cable eye bolts in silver maple and tulip trees?

Will allowing a cable eye bolt to become overgrown damage the trees or must the cables be replaced?
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Has my Japanese Maple completely died?

I moved my Maple tree from a pot and planted it in my garden over a year ago. Since the leaves shriveled and died the tree seems to also have dried out and is not producing new buds, has it died ...
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What are the best practices for keeping trees healthy in a construction area?

I frequently see trees that are in construction areas where roots have to be pruned or grade changed. What practices are most likely to keep trees healthy in the long term where there is root or ...
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How can I save a branch injured by wind stress?

Our landlord planted a beautiful Santa Cruz Hibiscus in the front yard, Zone 9b, its natural habitat more or less, which grew into a small tree. The main trunk has a nice iron rod stake. Of the three ...
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Construction damage to tree

Construction workers have cut a large section of roots from the base of the trunk of the tree in question and I'm trying to find ways to save it. Some background information: It's a 50 foot tall, ...
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Carpet for Tree mulch

Will I harm my trees if I put sports field turf around them? Should I keep a certain distance away? Thanks
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What would make my apple seedling wilt and looks like it's dying?

I have a little apple sapling that I planted using a seed from an apple at the super market. I live in Auckland, New Zealand and my apple sapling is about 10 cm (4 in) tall. Recently it became very ...
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Can you please identify these trees?

Could you identify these two trees please? I live in Western Australia if that helps. I believe the first one is a blood Gum. My dog likes chewing the lower branches of this second one, so really ...
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What's the best way to care for and prune young willow trees?

We have two young willow trees. I'm unsure of how to trim or look after them. They are approximately 4 years old. One is really tall, about 20 feet, and the other is quite short. I purchased both from ...
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How to get started as a arborist

How would I a person with little arboriculture experience(basically cutting down a few trees) get started? Are there arborist apprentices? Thank you in advance.
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How to plant a hydroponic tree

I have a 2 metre high apple tree grown from seed in an aquaponic system that is about 2 years old. It has a large root mass which is removing nutrients/nitrates etc to keep the water clean for my ...
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How Can I Get More Flowers on My Trees?

I understand that once a tree/shrub has reached maturity, flower buds are apical buds that have morphed from vegetative ones. Yet, not every apical bud morphs into being a flower bud and that fraction ...
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How can I differentiate between male and female Sonchafa trees?

I have two Sonchafa trees in my pot. but they are not flowering. I am told that there is a male tree and a female tree. I may have a male tree in my pot. How can I differentiate between a male tree ...
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Is the fruit from this plum blossom tree edible?

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I just recently bought a new house and in the backyard of this house there are 3 plum blossom trees (at least that's what I was told they were by the estate agent). The ...
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Identification of tree with trilobate leaves

Can somebody help me identify this tree found in Sicily? It is a fairly big tree (8-10 m) with a broad canopy and trilobate leaves. Fruits are also shown in the picture. thanks!
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Can I trim my canary palm trunk or is it a lost cause?

Below is a canary palm in my front yard: I had a tree trimming service some out and trim away the branches. They didn't do anything to the trunk though - I asked them to come back out, and the guy ...
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What is this tall potted plant with narrow leaves and braided bark at the base?

We recently inherited a new plant with no information about the species or location where it naturally grows. It looks like it has been regularly trimmed by the previous owner, and I'm not sure if ...
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What is this small tree found growing from a wall?

I've found this plant growing in a crack in the wall. I then put it in a pot and is growing fast. Can anyone help me identify it, I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is how it looks now ...
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Christmas tree of unknown species

Last week I was given a tiny conifer(?) "dressed up" as miniature Christmas tree. Not a bonsai in the strict sense, rather a quite young evergreen species. Of course it came without a label and with ...
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Wintering a banana tree? should it be like this?

This is a follow up to my question here, hopefully I can get some insight. About a month ago I cut my basjoo as instructed and brought it inside for the winter. But since that time there is about ...
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Can a willow tree be shaped?

I want to keep the tree kind of short. I want it to look like a mushroom on top, then in the summer just trim the bottom. Is this possible?
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How can I manage a weeping willow with a broken branch?

I have a very mature weeping willow in the front garden which was well balanced and with the recent storm one of the main branches broke off. I noted that branch had a weakness, due to rotting from ...
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I have a bonsai tea tree and I'm concerned because it is dropping leaves and I'm not sure what to do

I live in Minnesota and the beginning of winter is starting. I'm trying to get it enough sunlight, I'm kind of thinking that might be the problem. However, now that it's getting into winter the days ...
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needle-point size white spots all around the outer edge of Ficus leaves [closed]

Hello. I am writing from the San Fernando Valley, in Southern California where the temperatures vary from 48F at night to 85F during the day this time of the year. I have a 35 year old Ficus outside ...
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How to grow an olive tree?

I would like to grow a small olive tree in my balcony. Preferably I would not like my tree to grow larger than 2 meters tall and gives me nice organic olives. Length can also be controlled by the size ...
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What kind of plant is this leaf from?

Found this glued to my door. Curious what this might mean. The leaf is colored dark green btw, pink is bug from my camera.
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What tree does this leaf belong to? [duplicate]

I came across this tree many times in Zurich but I wasn't able to find the name. Any suggestions?
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What type of tree is this?

What type if tree is this growing in Toowoomba, Australia in mid-spring?
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Will a Cedar tree survive if a portion of bark is missing?

Will a cedar tree survive if a portion of its bark is removed? I found someone had removed a strip (2'x5') from a tree on my property. I was told it was going to be made into a cedar hat. I am ...
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Help identifying small urban tree

Can anyone help me identify the following tree? Any help would be gratefully received. Note: I do not have further images available for this tree, hopefully it can be identified from the images ...
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What is this large tree with many suckers growing from the trunk?

Can anyone help me identify the following tree? It has large leaves and a number of new sections (suckers) growing from the trunk. Any help would be gratefully received. *Note: This may be a similar ...
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How much seasonal, internal die-off of Arborvitae is natural and expected?

How much "natural" (i.e., without damaging factors) die-back from the inside of an (otherwise healthy) arborvitae hedge should be expected each year? Stated another way, would an arborvitae in ideal ...