Ornamental Trees

Conk (Mushroom) – On Tree Trunk

Q: What is this on a big tree on our property? It has a weird growth at the base What should we do about it? Should we knock it off? A: Well, I call it a conk. The experts call...

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Juniper – Pruning

Q: We moved to our new house 6 months ago. When we moved one of our two evergreens looked like it was having a rough time! We trimmed/pruned it the best we could. Now, that same spot looks the same,...

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Tree Roots – Remove Retaining Wall

Q: I have a tree in my front yard that had a retaining wall around it. I noticed the blocks starting to rise on one side so I removed the blocks and this is what I found. Will this correct...

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Hornet Nest – Removing from Leyland Cypress

Q: My neighbor noticed a large hornet’s nest in a branch of my Leyland cypress. It’s about 15 feet in the air and embedded in 1 or 2 of the branches for support. Is there a practical way to get...

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Palms – Transplanting

Q: I’m doing some research for a Sunday sermon which has a short discussion of date palms in it. Can a date palm re-root after being blown over? A: Yes, like most palms, date palm can be propped up for...

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Formosan Sweetgum – Identification

Q: We found this leaf on the UGA campus last weekend. Any idea what kind of tree? I searched all my tree ID books to no avail. A: Sharp-eyed naturalist Shannon Pable says it is Formosa sweetgum see Formosa...

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Shoe Tree – In Alabama

Q: This tree grows along US Hwy 72 in north Alabama, just a few miles from the Mississippi line. I pass it when I go to west Tennessee to visit my Mom. I’ve been watching it’s “fruit” increase over the...

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Yaupon Holly – Make Tea from Leaves

Yaupon holly is a native holly often used in urban landscapes. Native Americans also found it useful….but not for making their homes more attractive! The following is for information only! Yaupon Tea posted by Geoff This afternoon I made a...

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Illegal Tree Removal – DeKalb County

Q: We have recently had an instance of a tree company clear-cutting a big lot in my neighborhood because the owner “didn’t know” there were rules about how many tree can be removed from a residential lot.  What are the...

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Dogwood – Blooming in Fall

Q: My dogwood is blooming again (in August). How can this be? A: Dogwoods are known to bloom in fall when they get rain after a stressful summer. That said, I don’t think this past summer was very stressful. But...

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Italian Stone Pine – Juvenile Foliage and Mature Foliage

Q: What is happening to my little Christmas tree? It came from a big box gardening store. Over the summer the branches have sprouted long needles from the short needle branches. Can you suggest what has happened? A: I’m not...

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New Shrubs/Trees – Watering

Q: I planted 5 Green Giant arborvitaes in my backyard along a fence to provide a hedge in the future. The space gets full sun. We mixed in soil conditioner with the red clay when planting them. The trees are...

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Deodar Cedar – Growing Differently

Q: I have two deodara cedars that are growing at different rates. Both trees were planted six years ago by a landscape company. The non-growing deodar cedar was dug up and re-planted last fall hoping it would take off like...

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Tree Roots – Exposed

Q: Could you please tell me what is going on with my oak tree? The roots are next to a driveway. It’s very interesting looking into all the little cubby holes. Is this normal? A: This looks completely normal to...

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Majesty Palm – Scale Insects

Q: We have a majesty palm at work that was purchased six months ago and it constantly gets brown leaves. It has new growth, but they always seem to die off fairly quickly. It gets watered 1 2 times a...

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Tree – Where to Irrigate

Q: My husband and I argue so much about this subject that we might be headed to divorce court! We have grown a pin oak for 20 years, although it still has a small canopy. Should I irrigate further out...

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Sassafras – Hard to Control Root Sprouts

Q: Over the last six months, I have made great strides at developing our landscape. However, for the past two years during the spring and summer, I have had hundreds of unidentified saplings uncontrollably sprouting in my front yard. Can...

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Longleaf Pine – Identification

Q: We moved into our home a few months ago and found what looked like a small clump of green grass surrounded by string, as though someone was trying to protect it. This year, it has taken off and looks...

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