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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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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 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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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 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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Need help identificating this bee-attracting shrub

A friend of mine came back from a nearby mountain with this flower from a wild shrub that was very common in the area where he walked. The area where these are found is the west-Alps, around -1300- ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Identify shrub with red berries in UK

Could you tell me what is the name of this plant? Found in the park in London at the end of May. Red berries on shrub with saw-toothed leaves.
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What is this shrub?

Live in zone 9 in USA. This shrub is about 6 feet tall and we have to trim it every year or else it'll grow taller and block windows. Planted 5+ years ago. White flowers it looks like too. Would ...
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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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Does anyone know the name of this young plant shrub?

The plant has opposite toothed single leaves and opposite stems growing in Northern Virginia. The color of new growth stems is a deep burgundy with white speckles. I'm guessing it is a shrub 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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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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What are these small growths on my huckleberry?

My huckleberry branches are growing through these. Is it a fungus? Is it some kind of tumor? these grow wild around my cabin in southcentral alaska leaves appear to be incorporated into the thing....
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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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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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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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Can I mulch a plant bed before planting in it?

Can I mulch a plant bed before I plant in it? Can I just clear out the mulch at the spot where I want to plant shrubs later on? I am planning to grow shrubs and ornamental grass.
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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 have ...
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Rabbits ate the blueberry shrubs I planted right down to the ground. Will the shrubs grow back?

I made the mistake of not setting up chicken wire and the rabbits ate these 24" bushes I just planted. All that remains are 1-2 little twigs, stripped of all the branches and leaves. Will these ...
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Variegated Arboricola shrubs leaves wilting

What can I do to help this Variegated Arboricola to grow healthy and stop wilting? I am in Southern Florida. I was spraying my lawn with Ortho® Weed B Gon® Weed Killer For Lawns Ready-To-Spray2 which ...
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Bee-attracting tall shrub with cones of tiny cream-white flowers in Colorado?

We live at 7000 feet and have a volunteer shrub that is over 6 feet tall. The flowers are about 1/4"-3/8"; cream/white colored; with 5 wee petals and a pale yellow, spikey center. Also, the flowers ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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 small shrub with variegated glossy ovate leaves?

My mother has this plant on her window sill and we don't know what species it is. All I know is that it resisted temperatures below 0°C this winter. Any idea? I can take other pictures if necessary.
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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 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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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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What is this plant/bush found in Eastern Europe?

Does anybody know what this plant is? I took these pictures today in Moldova, Eastern Europe. it's a bush, 1.5 meters tall, the leave size of my hand, there were more of them growing from the root ...
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What is this pale mint green shrub with hay-colored booms from Tenerife, Canary Islands?

What is this pale mint green shrub that has hay-colored booms? It seems to thrive on lava fields and develops lignified stems. It can be found around 28.266°,-16.588° in Teide National Park 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 winter....
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What is this shrub with pink buds that open into green leaves?

I just bought my house last summer and I have no idea what this bush in my yard is that has pink buds that open into green leaves. I live in Michigan where we've had a cold spring so it's just now ...
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How do I make Emerald Green Arborvitae grow as fast as biologically possible?

I'm buying a bunch of these babies below to create a privacy screen in my backyard. I'm getting young ones and want them to grow as fast as I can make them grow. Is there anything I can do to make ...
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Is this part of my bougainvillea or a weed?

This plant has started growing in my bougainvillea and there's some debate going on in the house whether it is a weed, or part of the bougainvillea, perhaps the male part. I'm unable to find any ...
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What is this tree/shrub in my Florida yard?

South Florida currently about 10 feet tall
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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 $50,000 ...
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Mauve to purple spring flowering shrubs

Apart from lilac I am looking for a spring blossoming shrub which has flowers in the mauve to purple range, suitable for a temperate climate. Ideally it would flower earlier than lilac. Are there ...
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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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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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Revive dead part of a bush

I had one tree and two bushes next to each other. One of the bushes died as a casualty of some underground pipe work, so I removed it. The other two are bare where they had been up against the third. ...
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I need help in identifying this bush

I have a delightful bush in my garden which is self seeded. It has white blossom in spring, delicate, light green hazel-type leaves (but more delicate) and clusters of black, shiny berries in the ...