Ornamental Trees

Japanese Maple – Blessed With Seedlings

Q: This past fall, my daughter and I collected seeds from our Japanese maple trees to stratify and eventually sell, in lieu of a lemonade stand. Everything went well. We planted the seeds in March. I then noticed to my...

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Crapemyrtle – Infested With Ambrosia Beetles

Q: I noticed some worm-like protrusions on the trunks of one crape myrtle. It looks like sawdust so I assume it is some kind of borer. Can this be treated? A: You have Asian ambrosia beetles boring into your crapemyrtle....

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Dripline – What Is It?

Q: I saw your Facebook post about covering exposed roots with mulch out to the dripline. What is a dripline? A: The dripline is an imaginary circular line under a tree’s outermost branch tips, where rainwater drips off the leaves....

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Wisteria – Growing On Your Oak

Q:Will wisteria damage my forty-year-old oak tree? I planted the vine two years ago and it is really growing but a friend said I should cut it down. A: Eventually you will regret letting wisteria (or ivy) grow up your...

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Dogwood – No Leaves

Q: I transplanted a six-foot pink dogwood in early November. I knew it was a little on the large side to be transplanted. Now it has not leafed out. I have scrapped a branch and noticed greenish color. Is it...

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Red Oaks – Mulching and Planting Underneath?

Q: Our yard has a couple of beautiful red oaks. An arborist recommended mulching around the tree. I am curious if it would hurt the tree to plant under hostas or azaleas under it. A: Mulching is a great idea....

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Japanese Maple – Trimming Dead Branches

Q: I planted a Japanese maple last year on Mothers Day. The tree gets full sun two-thirds of the day. It seems pretty healthy but a few limbs have died. Should I remove them? A: Cut the dead limbs off....

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Pollen Count – Male Trees Responsible

Q: As we move into the spring allergy season, I’ve heard that the reason tree pollen counts are so high is that male trees far outnumber female trees. I have room in my yard for another tree and I’d like...

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Crapemyrtle – Should It Be Removed?

Q: I have a crepe myrtle eight feet from my porch steps. The branches extend over the walkway. In spring and summer dried buds fall and stain my concrete. Is my best move to remove the tree? A: There is...

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Magnolias – Growing In Germany

Q: My family from Germany visits every year and they love magnolia trees. Is there any variety I can buy that will survive the winters in southern Germany? A: Plant hardiness zones in Germany run North-South, rather than East-West like...

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Cinnamon – Growing The Tree!!

Q: I would like to grow a cinnamon tree! Could I grow it like my fig tree: inside in the cold months and outside in hot months? A: It’s theoretically possible. Look online for a source of the plant Cinnamomum...

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Trees – Growing For Shade

Q: I have a house that faces due west. The front of cooks in the summer due to the track of the sun and no trees in front yard. What’s a fast growing shade tree? A: I lean heavily toward...

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Perennials – A Confusing Season?

Q: This warm winter has my perennial garden confused. I planted tickseed and sage and expected them to go dormant in cold weather. Now they are still as green as ever. Do I cut them back anyway? A: My rule...

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White Pines – Similar Substitutes

Q: Our home had a lovely screen of white pines but they eventually died. Could we replant this same species? Should we look for a substitute? A: White pines are typically short-lived in Atlanta. They seem to succumb to summer...

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Apple Trees – Small Fruit

Q: Eight years ago I planted seeds from a Pink Lady apple. The biggest tree is ten feet tall and has hundreds of blossoms. The apples are tasty but they are the size of peas. A: It sounds like the...

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Oak – No Acorns This Year

Q: There is a massive oak in my neighbor’s yard. Typically it drops huge numbers of acorns in our yard, but this year: nothing. Is that a sign of its health (or lack thereof)? A: If the oak had lots...

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Mycorrhizae – Possible Benefits For Tree Growth

Q: I was wondering if you had an opinion on mycorrhizae? I’m thinking of buying some to use when planting trees and other things. A: Mycorrhizae are beneficial soil fungi. They associate with plant roots and bring them moisture and...

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Pecan Trees – Good Zinc Application

Q: Which is best for mature pecan trees, broadcasting zinc sulfate or spraying leaves with liquid zinc? A: It’s far better to spray the leaves. Pecans need sufficient levels of zinc in their leaves to produce good nuts. Zinc applied...

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