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Why is this tree refusing to shed its dead leaves?

This is called Marcescence. Some species of trees retain their old leaves longer than others, and young trees may retain them longer than old trees. In the UK, "copper beech" trees (with naturally ...
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Why does my oak tree have clumps of leaves in the winter?

It's hard to be certain from just the picture, but that looks like mistletoe: https://tcrcd.net/brochures/pdf/Oak_Mistletoe.pdf.
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Easiest way to remove large amount of leaves from yard

I use a lawnmower with a bagger. The blades chop the leaves and reduce the volume by up to 80%. The finely shredded leaves are great mulch for plant or vegetable beds. I cut my grass low in the ...
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Are there any benefits from leaving dead leaves in the soil around a plant?

Leaves are good compost if they are shredded. If left as is on garden beds or lawns they tend to clump and can smother the smaller perennials. To do my fall clean up I put a bagger on the mower and ...
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What are these red marks on the leaves of my pelargoniums?

Nothing to worry about, if you're referring to the semi circular red area on the leaves - these are zonally marked Pelargoniums, and that's what they should look like.
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Will succulent leaves grow back?

Whether it lives or dies, there is no way it will grow back into something that looks nice as a "gift" in ten days, so start looking for another present to give your friend! Your guess that ...
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What are the names of the parts of leaves?

Hope this is what you were looking for. These pictures are all from the site of the Colorado Master Gardener Program. (There's much more extensive information there than I can copy here.) They have ...
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What is this plant with green-pink leaves called?

You have a small Hypoestes phyllostachya, also known as polka dot plant. This native of Madagascar comes in different cultivars with green leaves dotted with a contrasting color. Yours is pink, there ...
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Easiest way to remove large amount of leaves from yard

I let the grass grow a little higher than usual for a week or two before the leaves fall, set the mower on the highest setting and mow twice at that setting. This mulches the leaves in place. I do ...
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What disease is causing raised blisters on the leaves of my plant?

Alstonia scholaris (L.) R. Br. is a very beautiful ornamental tree, which is commonly known as pagoda tree because of its pagoda like growing habit. It is commonly infected by the Homopteran, ...
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What are these alien egg-like things on the back of rose leaves?

It is not a rose, but a fern. Fern usually have sori (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorus), which are used to disperse spores. Ferns have no flowers, so no seeds. Note the white flowers come from a ...
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Why does this Jade plant have small leaves when compared to other Jade plants?

This plant is not a Crassula! It is a Portulacaria afra, commonly called Spekboom or Elephant Bush in South Africa, which is where it originates. It is extremely drought tolerant, but can also grow ...
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How to Get Indoor Avocado Tree to Branch Out

There are a lot of questions about avocado from people with the same issue. Avocado's have strong apical dominance. This plant wants to be a very tall tree. The other factor is that when grown ...
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Benefits of wiping the dust/dirt off the leaves?

Cleaning of plant leaves is usually only done on houseplants, because they're inclined to accumulate a lot of dust over time. Outdoors, exposed to the elements, plants get 'cleaned' by moving air (...
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I planted a vegetable but can't remember what it is

Gees, looks like a potato. But one couldn't forget planting a potato, right? Grins...I am being very bad! Potato would be fine planted in this humongous pot. Seeds of other plants, not so much. If ...
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Why are the leaves of my basil yellowing and falling off?

Basil is an annual even in the tropics. Since its flowering it wants to go to seed. Let it, then collect the seeds for the next crop of basil. If you plant basil in a large enough pot so that plenty ...
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Are there any benefits from leaving dead leaves in the soil around a plant?

Leaving dead leaves on top of grass for too long can actually kill your grass. The grass needs the rays from the sun to give it strength and to help it grow. You could take the leaves and put it in ...
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Are there any benefits from leaving dead leaves in the soil around a plant?

Dead leaves are definitely a good source of nutrients to your plants. You can try and crush or shred them and then mix it with the soil. If you leave it as is, too many leaves may accumulate around ...
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What should I do with damaged leaves on my Money Plant?

Ah, so that's what you mean by Money Plant - this one's more commonly known as Devils Ivy or Pothos, but is, as you now say, Epipremnum aureum. It is on the list of plants toxic to rats, so again, I'd ...
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Ficus lost 80% of leaves over the course of November

I suspect its been going short of water - you've not said what size pot its in, and a photograph would have been extremely useful, but 2 cups (unless each cup is a litre or so) every fortnight doesn't ...
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Can anyone identify this plant that grows leaves from its leaf?

It's a Night Blooming Cereus (Epiphyllum oxypetalum).
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Are Oak leaves good for making mulch?

Assuming that all four trees you mention really are Quercus varieties, oak leaves make the best leafmould - they break down faster and make quality leaf mould. The way to produce leafmould is to put ...
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Using only composted tree leaves as the source of nutrients

Leafmould is a great soil conditioner or mulch, but it is not nutritionally rich - it adds humus to the soil, but if you are growing vegetables, you will still likely need to use fertilizers. Humus, ...
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Discoloration of leaves on Carolina Reaper plants

It's probably just sun damage due to the transplant shock, since those leaves are used to a different kind and amount of light. I have a pepper in that sort of situation, and I had some tomatoes in a ...
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How can I increase the size of my mint leaves

This is the same effect we see when a clump of mint is planted in open soil - it starts to form a circle growing outwards, and as the roots get thicker in the middle of the circle the leaves get ...
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Oak sapling in pot is not branching

Bonsai projects are great! I have many running at the moment too. Also some oak, but mine are branching already... I see a few problems here. First of all, this tree (plant) needs to grow outdoors, ...
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Help with dying plant

Your question has the essential clue: a hallway with no sunlight. If you look closely, you will see that the new leaves are significantly larger and lighter than the older ones, which the plant ...
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Are the white sections on my bean plant's leaves caused by white flies?

No, they're not the same problem by the sound of it, though it could be. What you seem to be describing on your beans are leafminers, which are the larvae from eggs laid inside the leaf by a female ...
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