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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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Growing trees from seed & cuttings

I would like to learn and compare the different methods to grow trees from seeds. I found a good website (http://treegrowing.tcv.org.uk/grow), and one book, but the latter seems to be good for ...
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How do I control suckers on pear trees?

I have several ornamental pear trees of which one keeps producing suckers. I have tried cutting them off as low down as possible and have even resorted to weedkiller but they just seem to keep coming ...
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What is the term for this pruning technique that causes stubby, clublike branches?

These Platanus × acerifolia trees (London Planetree) were pruned to have this short, stubby branch structure. What is this called, and how is is done?
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Ginkgo Biloba growth rate

For years I dream to plant a Ginkgo Biloba. And the other day I found two ones in a shop. The first one was really cheap, but really little with its head having been cut off... it was something like ...
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What is this small tree with partially serrated leaves and blue fruit?

What it this small tree? It is growing in the woods so I can't get a wide shot. It grows about 15' tall and wide, with wide, arching branches. The leaves all have round shiny indented bumps scattered ...
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Is it a good idea to build a paver patio near a large established tree?

I would like to build a paver patio next to a large tree that has a 3" wide root at ground level. I do not want to damage the roots of the tree, so it seems like my only option is to build a raised ...
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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 kind of tree is this?

I obtained this small tree from a friend. It has spiky, shiny leaves, soft to the touch, and delicate stems. New leaves are lime green, gradually darkening as they grow larger. Older leaves are broad ...
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Where, when, and how can I plant magnolia trees?

I'd like to plant a magnolia tree at the edge of the garden where it meets the concrete of an adjacent parking lot. There is clear morning sun. Light from the South and West is somewhat obstructed by ...
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Should I remove brown, cap-shaped Birch Polypore mushrooms from my tree?

I learned from this question that my birch tree is infested with Birch Polypore mushrooms. For two reasons, I'm wondering if I should remove them. First, even though they grow because the tree is ...
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Bay Leaf Tree (Laurus Nobilis) with severe scale

I'm new to gardening as I have just bought my first house. I inherited a very large (about 6m tall) Bay tree that is severely sick. I took a sample to my local garden center and I was told that it ...
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Is early October too late to plant a Pussy Willow in southern Ontario?

I have a pussy willow that has rooted. It was part of a floral arrangement that I used to stage my condo while I was selling it. Now I have moved to a house with a garden so I would love to plant the ...
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How should I care for newly planted saplings on a slope?

Me and couple of my mates are trying to plant few trees on a hill slope before the wet season (monsoon) sets in India (early June). The hill has been devoid of trees due to excessive felling in last ...
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Should a citrus tree growing very close to the house be killed?

The previous owner of my house grew a citrus tree less than 1 foot away from the house. I don't know the exact species of this tree, but it produces orange-colored tangerine-sized fruits that are ...
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Can I grow chestnuts or hazelnuts indoors? If yes, how?

Can I grow chestnuts or hazelnuts indoors? If yes, how? If not, how can I grow them outdoors?
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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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Can this tree be an eucalyptus tree growing in Central Europe?

I have this tree in my garden. The previous owner, who planted it, told me it is a kind of eucalyptus. When rubbing a leave between the fingers it indeed has the smell I know of eucalyptus-sweets. 3 ...
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What happens when a chainsaw chain meets a nail or piece of steel wire when cutting through wood?

Assuming any of the following: there's an unnoticed steel nail in a log used in some structure or there's an unnoticed steel nail in a tree body (often happens when people attach illegal ads to ...
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How can I determine the variety of an apple tree that hasn't fruited?

Perhaps 10 years ago I planted several apple trees on my farm. These may have been bought at the local blue or orange store and I've long since forgotten the varieties planted. I didn't keep such ...
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What is this small tree with purple leaves and small green fruits?

I'd like to get one of these for my back yard but I'm not sure what kind of tree it is... anybody know?
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What conditions cause trunk sprouts on oak trees?

I asked a similar question here, but something annoying is catching my attention. Almost all of the pin oak trees in my area are sprouting up and down the trunks like crazy this spring, many of them ...
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root cut off from large tree

I have a large ornamental tree in my garden.( I have just bought the bungalow). While I was out a large root(about a foot diameter) which was causing a wall to fall over was cut off. The leaves ...
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Help identifying a tree in Southwest Florida

Chances are this will be a duplicate, and I can't post photos yet, so apologies in advance... We have a small tree in our new backyard in SW FL. It's partially hidden behind a sea grape plant that ...
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How to recover a weeping silver birch that's growing straight

I just moved into a new house, and in the garden there's wonderful silver birch tree, about 25 feet tall (I'm guessing there). It appears that it is/was a weeping variety, but it seems to have grown ...
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Did this saucer magnolia likely suffer a mortal wound?

This morning my wife told me that the landscapers for my townhouse complex hit a saucer magnolia tree on our property with their truck while doing their work. My wife said that the tree was knocked ...
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Perpetually unhealthy tree. Suggestions? [Pics]

I'd like some help figuring out what the cause of my unhealthy tree is in addition to suggestions on how to fix it. The tree is at least 3 years old; I've lived in the house 2 years and each year it ...
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Why is the ground moving around my tree?

Quick question. There are 3 tree surgeons in my local area and none are available today... I have a tree which is about the height of my house. If I wrap my hands around the trunk the trunk is about ...
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What is the best way to keep a tree growing straight?

When most trees get over ten feet tall, they seem to be trying to grow every way but up. Staking would be impractical because of scale, and pruning often helps but does not force the tree to grow up. ...
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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 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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What methods can be used to apply an antifungal to the interior of a tree?

Diseases such as the Blue Stain Fungus infect trees from the inside out due to inoculation by host insects. Are there any effective/standard methods for applying antifungal compounds to infected ...
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What is this white stuff growing on this cacao tree's new leaves?

This cacao tree has been growing new leaves. White stuff started appearing on the new leaves today: I have absolutely no knowledge of gardening and am asking this on behalf of my girlfriend - ...
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Bonsai from tree cuttings

Is there a way to make a bonsai from a normal tree cutting (not from a bonsai cutting)? I was just thinking for instance of making a bonsai maple from a normal size field maple, or ash, etc. What ...
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How do I take care of my very small Kaffir lime tree?

What is the general care of Kaffir lime (Citrus hystrix) trees? I have a very small tree that I'm growing as a houseplant. How do I care for it? Does it need a bigger pot?
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How should I prune a common fig for best productivity?

Figs have a unique fruiting cycle, fruiting on old wood first, all at once, then on new wood for the rest of the season. What's the best pruning system for these, to maximize production? Is it best ...
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Why Do Trees In Swampy or Wet Areas Change Color Earlier?

Not a gardening question per-se, but I believe this is the best exchange for it. It had been my observation here in the northern temperate zone that trees growing in low-lying, wet areas change to ...
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What is causing yellow spots with 'hair growth' on the underside of the leaves on my tree?

I've slowly been bringing this tree back from some devastating summers 5 years ago where several large branches died. I've been diligent about pruning and feeding. For lack of a better description, ...
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How do I get rid of root suckers in my yard from my neighbor's big tree?

My neighbor has a tall very leafy tree. The leaves are kind of heart-shaped, or larger at the top than at the bottom. They are arranged on the stem. I am finding little mini trees growing all over ...
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Is inosculating trees for shape practical for the home garden?

I've recently discovered a very cool method of tree training in which saplings are trained to a rigid form, and fused (inosculated) at certain points, to become a desired shape. If I follow the basic ...
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What is the name of this flowering tree?

I need help to identify the following tree. It is commonly seen in Hong Kong. However,I can't find it when searching for it under the common trees in Hong Kong. What is the name of the tree?
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What's the most hardy red fleshed apple for the Pacific Northwest?

I had two wonderful red fleshed apples in Birch Bay, Washington. We've moved to St. Helens, Oregon and I can't find any here. I'd love to replace them. Does anyone know where I might find these and ...
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How can I get lemon trees to bear fruit?

I have a couple of lemon trees (small plants really) in my garden. But they seem to grow at an awfully slow pace.They are about 2 years old & about 3/4 ft in height. I have seen pictures of lemon ...
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Pine Borer Beetle Infestation

I cut down a tree that was infested with pine borer beetles. I don't want the beetles to infect other trees. Unfortunately, I can't burn the infested wood. And I don't have anywhere to haul the ...
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What is this South Florida tree?

This tree is on the side of my South Florida house. The trunk is really thin. The diameter can't be more than three inches. I haven't measured the tree, but it's gotta be about 10-12 feet tall and ...
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Help identifying South Florida tree with large pink flowers that appear annually for a short time in the fall

Any ideas of what it could be? Edit: Added a picture without its flowers. The new image gives some reference for how tall it is and how much space its canopy covers.
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Are some varieties of Paulownia sterile?

Is it true that some varieties of Paulownia are sterile? And if so, where are they sold?
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What is the root span of Dwarf Southern Magnolia 'Little Gem'?

I can't seem to find any consistent information on the root structure of these guys. We were given one as a housewarming gift and would like to get it into the ground as soon as possible, however I'm ...
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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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What trees, shrubs or vines are most suited for pleaching?

The exact application would be to arch over a long dining table in a courtyard in eastern-most New York. The two rows of trees would need to span approximately 25' at a height of less than 15' or ...