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Plant which retains its leaves during winter.

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What sort of tamarisk tree is this?

Is this a tamarisk (≟salt-cedar) tree? It's about 50 feet tall. If so, what subspecies of Tamarix is this tree, found in the Sonora Desert in the U.S. southwest?
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Jasminum Officinale a semi-evergreen?

Many resources refer to the common white jasmine as a semi-evergreen, while technically a deciduous plant. Does that mean the leaves remain green in temperate conditions? Or does it mean the plant ...
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Can a hinoki cypress thrive in a planter with access to the earth below?

I moved into a new place with a very small 'yard'. I would like to plant a Hinoki cypress, but there is no direct access to the earth because the whole yard is covered with deck or porch. There is a ...
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Has there been any research on the "take rate" of conifer cuttings?

So I can see that a conifer cuttings method can be done in August +/-. https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-take-conifer-cuttings/ Has there been any research on this "take ...
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What is preventing northern whitecedar (Thuja occidentalis) from growing from seed in regions south of its native range? Any way to grow it from seed?

In northern Delaware, southeastern, and south-central Pennsylvania, northern whitecedar (Thuja occidentalis) is widely planted in landscaping, and it generally thrives in these regions. I sometimes ...
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Pest damaged central leader on young Thuja

It seems an insect chewed and effectively severed new tender growth at the topmost portion (central leader) of my young Thuja plicata: How will the tree respond to this? Does it continue growing ...
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How far apart should I plant cherry laurel as trees?

A lot of online planting sites recommend 2-3 feet apart if I want a dense hedge quickly. However, I want my cherry laurels to grow as small trees. I know they can be as tall as 40-50 ft, so how far ...
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What is this evergreen plant?

Update 7/22/21 It flowered today, do you recognize this flower? I got it from a local nursery (USDA Zone 10a) and it was just labeled as an evergreen shrub. What is it and how should I care for it?
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How can I build a year-round aromatic garden in Zone 10a?

I am building an aromatic garden and looking for some drought-resistant fragrant evergreen shrubs/trees to give me year-round interest. Winter interest: Osmanthus sweet tea olive blooms in October - ...
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Is this Thuja Green Giant overwatered or underwatered?

I planted 5 1ft Thuja Green Giants from fastgrowingtrees.com in the winter and they all died from overwatering. At first I followed the watering guide that the website recommends but then noticed one ...
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Does white spruce have new growth only in spring?

In May my white spruce started growing new branches, and by now they are almost the same color as the rest of the tree. There are still some old branches that have really small buds, but no new growth....
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What are good evergreens for a windbreak on heavy clay soil?

Looking for an evergreen variety or two to establish windbreaks in an exposed position on heavy clay soil that can get very dry in summer. Temperate climate in the UK, the site gets plenty of sun. I ...
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Growing a trimmed holly as a tree

I bought a holly (Oakland) that I wanted online because I could not find it locally. The nursery trimmed and shaped it nicely before shipping including cutting the central leader. I want this to grow ...
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Very few needles on lower spruce branches

I have what I believe is a 30 ft Norway Spruce that looks very healthy, except for the bottom three feet of branches which have almost no needles. This bottom portion of the tree is shaded out by ...
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Evergreen screening tree/shrub which will grow well in ~3-4 hours of sun?

I have an area where I'd like to grow an evergreen screen. The only issue I foresee is that the location gets morning shade and only about 3-4 hours of direct sunlight (in the afternoon) in the summer,...
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Do arborvitae replace lost foliage?

Pictured is a Thuja plicata "Green Giant" that spent too much time in a container. Notice the foliage thinning near the bottom. As the tree gets into better conditions and starts growing, ...
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Planting tree with crooked trunk?

I have a Thuja plicata "Green Giant" that has a crooked trunk. Is it doomed to have issues at some point? Is there anything special I should do when I plant it?
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Help identifying stumpy evergreen shrub

I am new to the Pacific Northwest and still trying to figure out the vegetation. I have this shrub in my yard that looks like a stumpy pine tree. Can anyone identify?
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Arborvitae stressed after 1+ years in pot, will they regain vigor?

I bought some Green Giant Arborvitaes in 5 gallon pots on a whim a year or so ago for my landscape. Unfortunately, I wasn't quite sure where I wanted to put them, so they've stayed in the pot since. ...
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Any scientific expanation on Thuja Occidentalis turning brown (dry)?

Thuja Occidentalis trees often turn partially brown, dry and they never tend to recover on their own. My problem is definitely with entire branches (as opposed to individual leaves). I water the trees ...
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Will cleaning mildew on my house's siding with diluted Dawn detergent mixture harm nearby hollies?

In front of my house, I have large holly bushes which have some bald spots. I don't want to harm them in any way. Will overspray from diluted Dawn detergent harm them?
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Lowering grade under Norway Spruce- will it be an issue?

We just bought a house with an overgrown back yard. It's a small urban plot- 30' x 15' and there's a 80' Norway Spruce in the back corner. The former owners had some sort of sandy arbor in the back ...
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Does Buxus grow berries or flowers in the winter? [closed]

Does all species of Buxus grow berries or flowers in the winter?
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Difference between Buxus and Ilex

What is the difference between Buxus and Ilex?
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Re-potted my Sciadopitys verticillata, and now its turning orange - what should I do?

I have a Sciadopitys verticillata on my balcony (Berlin, DE). I potted it out of its nursery pot, now the tips of the needles are turning orangey/ brown. Will it recover once its settled in, or ...
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How does removing spruce tips affect the tree health and growth?

I recently learned that spruce tips are edible. Having an abundance of spruce growing around here I'd like to harvest some for culinary experiments. My question is, how will this affect the trees' ...
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Help identifying this plant with purple and green fleshy leaves

I bought a house a few months ago and this plant was in the terrace. It was less more than a dry stick in a pot, and I actually thought it was already dead (after a whole hot and dry south-east ...
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Which Fertilizers to use?

I have a Gardenia, anthrium and peace lily indoors. For my other plants, I use NPK (7+3+6) for the green plants, NPK (3.5 + 6 + 6 ) for blossom plants and another NPK(4+1.5+4) for all purpose. My ...
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Fraser fir Christmas tree doesn't seem to be soaking up water any more

When we got our Christmas tree, which the farm called a Fraser fir, we were told to give it warm-to-hot water, and to ensure that the water line stayed above the bottom (cut) end of the tree. ...
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Damaged Canadian Hemlock EverGreen

My new evergreen was about 4 feet tall. Deer ripped the top half out of it. Is it ruined beyond hope?
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Is this evergreen with yellow branches sick?

There is an evergreen in front of my apartment. In just a few days, many of its branches have turned yellow. Last week it still looked fine. Is this expected, or is the tree sick? Is there anything I ...
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Should I prune this 3 year-old Tamarind tree fork?

I have a 2.5 year old Tamarind in a container. It has what looks like a tree fork. I'm considering cutting the least straight one (it's the outer/right-leaning one on the picture). Even though the ...
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Why does my green giant arborvitae have so many buds?

I have about 10 green giant evergreens and only one of them has what I call large buds on the tips of the branches. Why only this one shrub? Some branches are so loaded that they are drooping?
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Can my hemlock trees be saved?

I am not entirely sure they are hemlock trees. They were not doing so hot when I moved in 2015, but I think it's getting worse over the past few years. They are located near Albany, New York State, ...
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How to shape a wild Holly

We have a lot of self seeded holly bushes from established trees. Many are very straggly, almost like brambles with a ticket of very long, sparse branches. I didn't even know hollies grew in this ...
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Will creating a sandbox at the base of a fir tree damage it?

We have recently moved into a home with several large old growth fir trees on the property. Will creating a sandbox at the base of a fir tree cause any damage to the tree?
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Why has my evergreen gone brown in spring?

I have a row of tall evergreen trees, I guess 25-30 feet tall. Don't know what they are but we've thought perhaps some sort of tree laurel due to the waxy, oval leaves - though much more delicate than ...
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Why have my yews lost all their needles?

My yews lost all their needles this winter (I'm in New Hampshire). I planted them 3 years ago and this is the first for this. Will they be ok? Will the needles grow back? I hope so- I really do love ...
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Bring pachysandra back to life

A large patch of my pachysandra covering was ripped up by trucks last May. See the white oval in the picture. I was expecting it to come back during the summer but I didn't. What can I do the bring ...
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What is this evergreen oval-leaved shrub?

I found this shrub in a local nursery, I liked it, and I purchased three of them. However, the nursery guy says it is Viburnum opulus. I don't think he is right. Can you help me ID these shrubs, so ...
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Root rot in Pseudotsuga

Friends of mine have a grove of 5 fairly closely spaced Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas fir) in their front yards which are about 15 years old. They are thinking about girdling the smallest to produce ...
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What are some low maintenance evergreens for an east facing partly-shaded bed?

I've just had a bunch of shrubs taken out from an east-facing partly-shaded bed against a house wall -- Viburnum Tinus and Aucuba Japonica. The situation suited them perfectly, to the extent that they ...
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Why are some of these Yew bushes dying?

I have a row of yew bushes, some of which are not healthy at all! I’m in Pittsburgh, PA and have lived in this house 15 years. These bushes used to be healthy (I have old pictures), but over the past ...
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Should I trim burnt parts in an evergreen hedge?

Not sure what to do with the brown, burnt layer of my fence trees: what will happen if I do nothing? Should I trim all the brown parts?
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Advice Needed - Dying? Tree line (privacy desired)

Situation: Homes Back Yard borders a rural road, say 1 car per minute. There was a line of some kind of arborvitae planted there ~10 years prior. Tree health various from OK to long dead on the tree ...
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What plants are these dwarf coniferes? How can I improve my case?

Can anybody help me to identify these plants ? Or recommend me something similar? I am trying to fix the below. Suggestions are welcome (what you see below was done by the previous owner-this is a ...
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What is this evergreen plant and how should I care for it?

I bought this plant from a local nursery, and the owner was ignorant about the plant details...
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Trim evergreen hedge or not?

I have a row of evergreen trees that have that scaly, cedar-like bark. So, they might be cypress, cedar, juniper or something like that. Actually, I think it is definitely some kind of juniper because ...
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Evergreen turning yellow

After some weeks away we came back and found our pine trees getting yellow. It starts from the outside and at the moment there are not many brown branches/needles. I read it could be manganese ...
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What is a good spacing for a double row of Arborvitae 'Emerald'?

I am considering planting 6 ft Arborvitae Emeralds for privacy. I've read in the Q&A What is the optimal spacing for emerald green arborvitae? that the spacing should be 2 feet apart. I'm ...
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