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Is it possible for a transplanted baby Maple to grow into a Bonsai tree?

My understanding is that a real Bonsai tree is already very old living in a crevice somewhere, naturally tiny then transplanted. In 50 years living in these pots, what would these Maples look like (1-...
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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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What is this white flowered tree?

Could anyone identify this white-flowered tree please (planted in the UK), I was told the name and I think it begins with an 'S' but I can't remember it
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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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Can I cover mature tree roots with fresh wood chips?

We are having trees trimmed and the branches put through a wood chipper. Can we use the resulting mulch to cover exposed roots on mature trees as soon as the come out of the chipper?
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How should I care for a new Mimosa tree growing out of an old Mimosa stump?

We lost an old Mimosa to borers and it fell over in a wind storm. This spring it started a new growth out of the cut stump.It looks healthy but is growing RAPIDLY and it does not have much space. We ...
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Can these two trees be identified by photo.

I would like know what these tree are. They are located in San Diego county California. The trees may not be native. Thanks, Jon.
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How fast does a Thuja hedge grow after being burnt?

A fire destroyed about 40cm of the upper part of my Thuja hedge. I have 2 questions: Should I cut off the burnt branches to help regrowth or can I leave it as it is? How long will it take to grow the ...
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What small pines and deciduous trees are suitable for terrarium culture?

I am building a terrarium for some ex-Oregon family members. I really want to capture Oregon with its moss, ferns, trees and of course pine trees. I don't know of really any small pine trees that ...
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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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What is this tree with alternate leaves, and large green fruits?

I was told it was an almond tree, but after looking almond trees up, I don't think that's what it is. The green drupes turn yellowish/brownish and partially split open and drop. When I open them, ...
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City wants to remove our White Pines - how should we respond?

We planted White Pine trees 4 years ago they now stand 3 foot high. The city would like us to remove them because they are 6 foot from the street and sewer lines. We feel these trees will never ...
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Small Baby tree growing its roots right next to the base of my house. Should I be worried? [duplicate]

Should I pull out the tree? It stands at roughly 10 feet tall. With green colored branches. The stem of the tree is indeed brown and wooden. I have no clue how deep the roots are. Will the roots ...
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What variety of plum tree do I have? [closed]

I bought house in central Oklahoma 4 years ago. It has a plum tree that sits alone in front yard. 2 years ago it produced the best plums I've ever had but none since. I've tried to find out why which ...
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How should I transfer swamp oak seedlings from pot to ground?

I have an interesting project going on. I was visiting the 911 Memorial site in NYC last fall. There are many swamp oaks planted on the grounds, and in the footprint of where the twin towers stood. ...
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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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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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Why is the leaf on my avocado tree drooping? [duplicate]

I have had an indoor avocado tree for a couple of months, but it doesn't look like the pictures on Google. One leaf is almost touching the tree. The new leaves on top are fine but when others appear ...
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What kind of tree is this and what's wrong with it?

The developer in my neighboorhood was so kind as to plant trees in everyone's yard. But after 3 or 4 years all but one or two (so probably 180 or so) look scrawny and pathetic. I know nothing of ...
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How large can potted patio trees grow in the US northeast?

I have a large sunny patio that I would like to shade with the largest potted trees that I can grow practically in the northeast of the U.S. (New England, 6a). What trees are suitable and how large ...
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What should I do about a newly planted avocado tree that stopped growing?

The new avocado tree that I bought isn't growing well since I planted it in the ground. Should I put more soil around it to build the ground up?
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How do I control fire ants in the mulch around my tree?

I live in Houston, TX, USA and fire ants are a nearly year long concern. I have had success treating mounds with Orthene as they appear. However, I had a Siberian Elm in my backyard that was ...
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How close should a maple tree sapling be to marked utilities?

Last summer I planted a maple sapling in my yard. I foolishly did this without calling 811. This month I have other work to do and had my utilities marked. When the marking was done I discovered that ...
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Why does my apple tree not bear fruit?

I currently live in southern Massachusetts. When an apple tree in my backyard blossoms and the little apples begin to show, they all disappear and begin to fall on the ground. FYI, there are also inch-...
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What's this gash on a Maple tree?

What's this gash on a Maple tree? It seems almost "infected" compared to the "normal" splitting I see on the other Maple tree right now. NOTE: It's been raining all day. That second photo is ...
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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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How do you know when a tree has died?

A tree trust planted 2 trees for me along my fence-line. One hasn't budded at all this spring, the other tree has a few small leaves on one of the lowest branches. I have a lot of aggressive-growing,...
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Does an Eastern Redbud tolerate partial shade?

I'm thinking of replacing an ugly evergreen shrub in my front yard with a flowering tree of some kind. The location on which I'll be placing the tree is overshaded by some very large old oaks, so I'm ...
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What should I do with a wind-harmed tree that will not regrow leaves?

This tree was planted in May 2011 in Dallas, Texas. Unfortunately the month or so following were some of the windiest we've had and all of the leaves it had at the time were blown off and the tree ...
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Pruning a mimosa

I have a mimosa and I have to prune it. I'd like to be less invasive and do this "operation" in the best way. Which is the best weather to prune mimosa? Which is the best time to do it?
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Can the top of a tree be trained to form an espalier-line?

I have planted 2 apple trees and 2 pear trees into espaliers (horizontal lines, simple shape). I picked the perfect branches for the first bottom lines. However, two of the trees have long flexible ...
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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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How do I treat a rose tree that appears to be in shock but still has rose hips and has plenty of root suckers?

I have two Sunny Knock-out rose trees that were transitioned from pots to sunny landscape areas in the front of my home. The trees appear to be in shock. If not for the Sucker roots extending above ...
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Lack of Blossom and Fruit on my Plum Tree!

I have a plum tree that is meant to be self pollinating. I have had it for four years, but when I bought it it was 5 years old. The first two years I had an abundant crop of plums. But for the last ...
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What plant will grow to about 3' in the shade from a pepper tree and oleanders?

Is there a low light plant, that will grow under a pepper tree, and between two oleanders, that grows about 3-5 feet tall, in southern California?
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What are the limits to growing plants hydroponically?

I'm working with a group of artists, educators and engineers to develop new methods for STEM teaching in classrooms and museums. Right now, we are trying to design a room-sized model of the carbon ...
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What is eating my orange trees? [closed]

I have 3 navel orange trees in my backyard and the leaves are being eaten by something. What is it that is eating the leaves, and what can I do to prevent this?
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How should I stabilize a tree with a malformed root ball?

I recently purchased a tree from a local nursery. It was originally in a 15-20 gal pot. The trunk of the tree was not centered in the pot. Instead its was an inch or two away from the edge. As a ...
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How should I prune an overgrown peach tree?

I have just moved into a home with a peach tree that appears healthy, but overgrown; it has clearly not been pruned in many years (although I have cut out some of the branches that made it impossible ...
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Why is my flowering crab stunted?

I have two flowering crab apples planted 2 yrs ago beside each other (20 ft apart). When they went in they were identical. However for two years the one has flourished and the other is anemic, such ...
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What are some good tree suggestions for providing some shade for the house (Seattle, WA)?

There's been another question asked about trees for shading a house, but I have some different criteria (plus a different climate). I'm planning on landscaping an area that's next to my house that's ...
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What are some tips on planting large plants?

When planting large plants, like trees or large shrubs, I've always dug a hole larger than the root ball, filled it with water, and then suspended the root ball in the water and used my hand to ...
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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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What is the risk of soil contamination via leaf mulch/compost?

Soil in the city I live in is quite often contaminated with nasty things like arsenic and lead. Levels are sometimes twice or more what's considered acceptable. For this reason, people usually ...
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Pine tree spitting something when I get close

I was walking in the woods behind my house yesterday. It had rained in the morning but was pretty dry when I went out. I put my hand up to a large pine tree (without touching it) and to my surprise, ...
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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 kind of trees can be kept in an apartment?

I live in an apartment and I want to have some indoor trees in my apartment. We have a large window that faces to the north-east and has curtains. What kind of trees can be kept in an apartment?
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Identifying a Tree

I'm wanted to buy and plant some trees myself and want to copy my neighbor's tree. I'm having a hard time identifying what type of tree it is. Does anyone know by looking at it?
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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? ...