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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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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 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 tree'...
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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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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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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 sour....
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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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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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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 term--"...
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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 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 genus ...
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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 ...
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White fungus growing on tree branches

This tree has had a tough time recently. It was heavily pruned by a former resident, and until recently was buried in the middle of a dense bamboo grove. The bamboo visible to the right is 30+ feet ...
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How to best care for mature trees?

I've got several mature trees in my yard. I just moved into the home and for the last two years not a lot of care was given to the trees. As a first step I've removed all the trees that were scattered ...
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What is this tall tree with needle-like leaves?

Somebody saw this tree in a park (in Galicia, in northwestern Spain) and asked me to try and identify it. Here are 3 photos of the tree (click on each to enlarge):
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What is this tree with oval leaves and yellow flower?

I'd like now what this tree is in order to find out how to prune and whether or not the shadow of a rubinia close by is a problem as I have the impression the tree is weak (at least it was the case ...
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What is this tree with dark, broad leaves?

Well, the new house has a mystery tree. Our initial guess was some form of a broad leaved ligustrum. It appears to be evergreen - no leaves have been lost yet although the neighboring peaches have ...
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What are some hardy trees with medicinal properties?

I am looking to plant a few trees this year, they are not in a high priority location. I am mostly just doing it to keep my hill from eroding. I have heard ( i dont know how well documented this is) ...
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Tall Living Fence

I live in NJ and my house next to a daycare facility playground. Not only is there zero privacy, it also gets really noisy with the kids screaming all day. I am looking into the possibility of a ...
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Are these baobab or acacia trees?

I have some questions about some trees present in my study areas. I think there must be acacias trees and baobabs, but it's hard for me to distinguish them. Maybe there are also some additional trees ...
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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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Can a citrus tree produce fruit after a freeze?

My citrus tree is in a large pot on the patio where it gets lots of sunlight. Two summers ago, it was filled with blooms, but they all fell off. We had a hard freeze that winter and it looked dead. ...
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When to transplant spruce tree sprout from a small bucket

I have a small sprout (30‒40 cm) of some species of spruce tree that is native (or at least welcome) to the Rocky Mountains of North America (purchased from the local Fish and Game Department’s nature ...
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I want to grow bonsai from seeds. What are some of the easiest tree species to start with?

I started enjoying Bonsai a few years ago. I enjoy the experience but I also like the challenge. It is my understanding that growing bonsai from seeds can be difficult but fun for those who enjoy ...
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Leafiest Tropical Tree

I currently live in tropical country Philippines and I would like to plant or graft the most leafiest tree serving 2 purpose; first to have a better shade, like I said we live in a tropical climate ...