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Is there a way to prune or train my tree to grow more horizontally?

I lost a beloved diseased dogwood tree that had made a wonderful space in my yard by growing long stretching horizontal branches that made a canopy of sorts. About a year or two I replaced it with ...
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List of Native trees [closed]

I reside in Pune (India). I am trying to get a list of native trees which can be planted on a hill near our house. I tried to google the list but couldnt find one. Can somebody please help with it? ...
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What do healthy red maple saplings look like?

Last year I had to cut down a red maple tree. I was able to save three of its offspring. One is ~2' tall and I moved it from where it volunteered behind a bush to the middle of the yard. Another is ...
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How deep are the roots of a Dwarf Southern Magnolia tree?

How deep do the roots of this tree go? I understand they are quite shallow. Is this correct?
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Root system of an evergreen tree

We have evergreen trees that are approx. 55 feet tall. I am not sure the name of this type of evergreen, but is has short needles and the branches fall like a canopy and produce very small pinecones. ...
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Can woodpeckers damage a pecan tree enough that it won't produce?

A couple of Red-bellied woodpeckers have been paying regular visitors to my pecan tree this winter. Is this an indication of possible insect infestation on the tree? Is it possible they could damage ...
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Will removing the above-ground roots of an oak tree compromise its safety?

I have a large oak tree with above ground roots that grow towards my house and the other way. Will removing the roots endanger the safety of the tree in case of heavy storms. Part of the tree ...
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What are the odds of getting a shea tree to grow in South Carolina, USA?

What are the odds of getting a Shea Tree to grow in South Carolina, USA? Temperatures here in SC range from mid 30s (occasionally around 40) Centigrade in the summer to -10 at the coldest days of the ...
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What is this tree with pointed bumps on its bark?

This tree was found on a nature path in the Fort Myers area in Florida. The leaves are compound, most are 5 compound but some are 7. They are similar to a buckeye tree. This is a picture of the ...
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Does urinating at the base of a tree help it grow?

I've been reading about tree fertilizers and urea constantly comes up as a good source of nitrogen for trees. Let's say your dogs always pick the same tree to urinate on every day. Would that tree be ...
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Which end is up when planting a mango seed?

I have a seed that has already germinated. I've had it in water for a day and it has already grown some in the water. One end has a slight purple color to it, the other one is long and white. Which ...
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Why are there three guava trees grown within inches of each other?

I bought a house where the previous owner had planted 3 trees within inches of each other. They are all 5 feet tall now. As this is the first time I've ever seen multiple trunks crowded together, I ...
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What is the average lifespan of most maple trees?

In general how long do maple trees live? Does the lifespan vary a lot according to species? I'm thinking of planting a few in my yard and I'm wondering how long they will be around.
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How far do you dig from a maple tree so as not to cause damage to the tree?

A family member wants to put up a fence behind her condominium and the plans state that the fence will be 3 foot away from a small maple tree in the back yard. The association members say that this is ...
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Would placing a small shed inside the drip line of a cedar hurt it?

We have a small grove of Cedars (quite large...perhaps 80' tall) that has perfect space underneath them for a small shed. We're looking at putting a small one (less than 10x10') underneath them. ...
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Remove beautiful Weeping Willow or grind the roots?

We have a beautiful weeping willow that is wreaking havoc everywhere. It grew incredibly fast and its roots are traveling into neighbors yards, which makes them very unhappy. We lose a lot of limbs ...
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Why is my bonsai losing brown/yellow leaves and developing white dots

I was recently given this beautiful bonsai and I water until the soil is moist nearly every day. But recently it has started dropping leaves and these little white dots are appearing. Why is this ...
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Propagate an apple tree

What is the best way to propagate an apple tree? I'm thinking the best way might be to cut off a small twig and splice into another tree, but what kind of tree would be good for this?
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Is my tree too close to my house?

I have an ornamental cherry tree approximately 30 ft tall, which is now close enough to my house that I could touch it from my window. I would like to keep it , but am concerned it will damage my ...
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My tree is a wasp magnet, what can I do to get rid of them?

There is a small tree (about 2 meters tall, maybe a bit more) at the front of my house that has become a wasp magnet in the last few weeks. I have seen at least 2 kinds of wasps hanging in there, and ...
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What is the name of this big tree? [closed]

This tree is very tall and huge, and has many branches. I want to know the name of it, and I need to know the basic features of it.
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Need some help identifying a plum tree

Location: Maine Fruit: very small - blue/purple, small, oblong Blooms: small, white Leaves: small Tree: more bush like - no single trunk, 4-5 main branches split off at base at ground 10' ...
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Tree growing back after being cut down

We just moved into a new house. There was a sickly looking tree in the backyard. I cut it down but now there are little branches coming out of the ground in the area the tree use to be. I think it is ...
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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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How to deal with invasive Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven)

My neighbors have a great tall Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven). Apparently, before I moved into my house, so did our yard. We now have an enormous stump and a bazillion new shoots that come up from ...
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Does soap mixed with water kill plants?? [duplicate]

I'm doing a science fair project for 8th grade and I'm trying to decide my hypothesis but I'm oblivious .
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How to halt the growth but leave the tree? [closed]

I have a twisted /contorted / japanese/ willow tree (it is I'd say about 20ft high at the moment )next to my small garden pond. My son planted it (from a cutting) over the resting place of a deceased ...
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Book to understand how plants work [closed]

I'm looking for a book that helps me understand the basics of botanic and horticulture. I'm mostly interested in trees but if treats other kinds of plants that's great too. What I'm looking for is ...
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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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What are some reasons that our apple tree has no apples?

Our new house has 2 apple trees that have obviously seen better days. They appear to never have been properly pruned and are now scraggly and about 30' tall. In addition, one of the two trees didn't ...
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Tree roots are removing the tiles of my flooring. What to do?

I have a mango tree in my backyard. Recently we are seeing that our flooring tiles in room towards my backyard has started protruding because of the roots underneath. I dont want to cut the tree. Is ...
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Is there a tree database or tree suggestion engine out there?

I have a dead tree on my HOA grounds that needs to be replaced. I love trees but I'm far from an expert. It would be awesome if there was a database I could search against, where I could specify ...
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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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What are these red “quills” on my willow tree?

I just noticed several clusters of red "quills" which sort of look like small buds on the main trunk and the two largest lower branches on my weeping willow tree. The little growths are red and ...
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Burnt Almond tree?

My husband and father in law planted an almond tree 2 years ago, it is about 9 ft tall and was growing really well and healthy. Although lately it had been covered in beetles and the leaves were ...
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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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How do I water my full grown cherry tree?

I bought a house three years ago, the cherry trees appeared to be fruitless. This year they flowered and now have cherries all over them. They are very large adult trees. Do I water them? How ...
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Japanese Maple soil level increase [duplicate]

I would like to raise the soil level around my 8 month old Japanese maple. I need to raise it by about 4 inches. will this cause the tree any shock or worse, death?
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Is there a particular term for 'large bonsai'?

We are relatively new to the Pacific Northwest coast. One thing that seems to be somewhat common are Japanese type gardens. What a lot of these gardens have I would call--for lack of a better ...
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What determines the year-to-year growth in girth of any particular tree?

I'm growing some apple trees from seed and started this year. I'm worried that the width of their stems (or trunks, but they're too small to really call them "trunks") is too small in proportion to ...
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Royal Frost Birch Leaves

I planted a new clump about two weeks ago. The leaves were green and the new growth is coming out crimson and staying that color, but the existing green leaves are still staying green. I can see the ...
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Why have some of the leaves on my cherry tree sapling suddenly gone very pale?

Several months ago, I planted three cherry trees, one in the front garden, one in the back and one in a container in the house. The one in the front has really struggled, whereas, predictably, the one ...
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What's causing the bark on my maple sapling to split?

I planted a Maple sapling in my front yard in November 2011, and it hasn't shown very much growth since. It gets leaves during the spring, but they seem to fall off earlier than all the other trees in ...
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What causes spruce branches to drop their needles?

I have a spruce tree that has a problem. Every year, some branches suddenly drop all of their green needles and die. I would like to prevent this, but I don't know what the cause is. What causes this ...
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Second opinion: Arborist says tree needs to go

I just had an arborist look at a red maple with a long bark split in my yard. His diagnosis was that it was struck by lightning (there was a close lightning strike a few months ago) and the tree needs ...
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An evolution in grafting

My question stems (pardon the pun) from two ideas: That trees live for a very long time and that there have been many evolutions of trees in that time. It is possible to graft trees of the same ...
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Relocating an apple tree - when should this be done?

A long time ago (about ten years), I put some apple seeds in the ground, and now I have an apple tree. The only problem is that it is too close to the neighbour's house, and might do some damage to it ...
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Will a branch on a small tree always be at that same height?

We have a lot of trees on the farm (Apple, maple, pear, walnut, oak...) and I've been reading about pruning lately. One of the things I stumbled upon is that when a tree is say five feet tall and has ...
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What options except cutting the tree down do I have if a fir tree is growing too high?

There's a fir tree that is now about seven meter tall and continues to grow and will reach something like 20 meters height. The tree is too close to buildings and too close to plants and so the shadow ...
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Is eye-level coppicing of trees unique to Turkey, and what species are typically involved?

When travelling in Turkey some years ago, I noticed many trees (25-40cm diameter) that appeared to have been heavily pruned at a height of around 2m. Only just before leaving did I realise that this ...