The trees in back of my condo seem to have several oak galls, but they're way larger than the internet is describing galls (oak apples) to me. What else could they be, and/or why are they so much bigger then they're supposed to be? [more inside]
There is this tree with ivy growing all the way up it, from bottom to top. I am going to kill it. But then this tree will be covered in ugly dead brown ivy. I guess after a few years all the leaves will fall off, but it will still look bad. I understand that physically pulling the ivy off can damage the tree. I'm hoping someone will have an idea for how to improve the aesthetics of the tree after the ivy has died--without hurting the tree.
I'm having a hackberry tree removed today and I'm wondering if I should go ahead and take out the chinaberry tree. They're both close to my house and mature and therefore will severely damage my house if (when) they fall.
What kind of tree is this?
Our plum tree fails to develop plums properly. Beautiful white blossoms will appear in about a months time soon to be followed by small plums, but they do not develop turn yellow and fall off. The tree seems healthy and is growing otherwise. What can we do? [more inside]
What can I do to save a large indoor gardenia plant with browning, dry leaves? [more inside]
There's the remnant of a plastic shopping bag caught in a tree in my backyard. It bothers me. It's about 20 feet (maybe 25 feet) off the ground. It's not visible in summer, but very visible in winter. Here are a couple of photos. The bag is circled in red. [more inside]
We're moving house. I planted a ginko seedling about six years ago at our current house - being a very slow-growing tree, it's now still only about 2-ft high. It's also summer in Australia, so it's not dormant and it has foliage. Would this be a very bad time to dig it up and plant it at our new house? What precautions should I take to make sure it survives the journey?
Please help me identify this tree. This is what it looks like. This tree smells amazing almost every time I pass it – like some sort of amazing candy. It smells strongest in early Fall or after rain. [more inside]
This tree has lived for 10+ years in my backyard, and we're getting a dog. Is this tree safe? Pics and details inside. [more inside]
What type of plant is this (pic 1, pic 2)? It looks a little like bamboo, but the stalk is much thinner.
A large tree across the street fell on my car while I was sleeping and did a fair amount of damage. After getting two repair estimates as requested, the town's insurance company decided they have no responsibility as they didn't have prior knowledge of any problems with the tree. Is this the end of the story? [more inside]
I am looking for tried-and-tested methods for shaping fruit on the branch. What have you tried that has worked? [more inside]
We asked certified arborist from a reputable company assess the health of a very large ash tree in our backyard. He said the tree was "very healthy" but that we would soon need to begin treating it against Emerald Ash Borer. We are in the midwest and the pest is getting very close to our location. He said the treatment is 99% percent effective when started early enough, and that it will have to be done every-other year indefinitely. [more inside]
Scene: yardwork in progress. I notice a tree where no tree has gone before, having sort of popped up in our Rose of Sharon patch. 1. What is it and B. Should I cut it down? It's already 12-15 ft. tall.
This baby tree is (probably) in its second growing season. Can anyone identify the species? (urban-wild in Vancouver, BC) [more inside]
Should I try to get my money back from the arborist? [more inside]
I have a vision to (when I buy a house someday) grow a forest where the lawn used to be. The best time to have started this was 20 years ago. Since that did not happen, I am wondering if it's possible to speed the growth of trees excessively through grafting. Can you graft the trunk of a young tree into the middle of another young tree, thus doubling the height? Now I am wondering what are the most extreme and crazy things that can be done with tree grafting.
I had a particularly useful version of this in a book some years ago while teaching a class on Chaucer's The Merchant's Tale. It was an (I think) early monochrome block-print of a tree with the peripheral twigs and branches taking one from multiple minor indiscretions to the core seven branches of the deadly sins. For example the twig of impatience might lead to the the branch of wrath. Google image search is not throwing up the detailed "mind-map" tree I recall. It may have been a more modern representation/interpretation of the idea.
Surface roots from our silver maple are making our backyard unusable. Can we do anything about it? [more inside]
There is a plot of land near me that will now be built on, because the large tree growing on it was being killed by ivy. How do I check if this was true? [more inside]
I've inherited some very old Family Tree Maker TRT and IDX files now but find no version that can read them. I'm looking for someone who has an old version of FTM which can read the TRT & IDX files and export the data in the standard GEDCOM format. Please help! [more inside]
My in-laws are giving me a couple of houseplants, and I'm trying to identify them, or at least find out if they are dangerous to our cats. Photos after the jump. [more inside]
We moved yesterday. Our indoor cat hasn't used her litter or food all day. There is something cat-shaped with glowing eyes in a tree in our backyard about 30 ft up. It is below freezing (Arlington MA). What do we do? The local fire department says they don't do cats. I've been on hold with the emergency line for Angell Memorial for 5 min.
The very large pecan tree shading our backyard is dying and must go this winter. We're looking for a replacement to be centered in the (1/8 acre or so) backyard. We don't want another shade tree - just a nice tree to anchor the yard. I'm specifically looking for especially odd/unique/interesting options - something that will surprise people. This is in zone 8a and would probably start as a seedling.
Last week, I asked MetaFilter about growing a tree indoors. This week, I have a question about aesthetically pleasing artificial lighting solutions. [more inside]
Anyone know where I could source a tree trunk slice (is that the correct phrase?) like this one http://www.etsy.com/listing/116524377/mid-century-cats-cradle-coffee-table?ref=shop_home_active in the UK?
I'm looking for a referral to a supplier of quality and reasonably priced evergreen type trees and plants in and around NYC (also LI, NJ, Conn., etc.) This would need to be a store, nursery or garden center that offers delivery to Manhattan. I've been to the "plant district" in the city but I'm interested in researching other alternatives. Looking to purchase in the next two weeks. Thank you.
I'm trying to take a particular photo, so I'm looking for a clearing in a forest, that has a prominent tree by itself within that clearing (On top of a hill works too). [more inside]
I am trying to identify a tree (or shrub thing pruned into a vaguely tree-like shape) that I walk by every day. It has purplish/magenta-ish blossoms and it smells lovely. No it is not a lilac. It is currently in bloom (in the Pacific Northwest). Pics inside. [more inside]
What is this pest on my apple tree? [more inside]
I need advice on wintering a special apple tree seedling; USDA zone 4, USA. [more inside]
We've had a giant storm and an incredible number of trees are down including many blocking roads. One downed tree is mine, although thankfully it's not in the street. I was actually in the process of getting an arborist out here to get it taken down next week...and now it's down! Er, mostly down! And that's where I don't know what to do. [more inside]
We're about to move to a house with this fruiting tree in the backyard. It's in San Francisco, fairly deep into the West-side fog belt. What is it?
Picture here. The flowers give off a mild, sweet smell and are kinda sticky at the white, hollow ends. The shells on the left open into halves, and those halves are divided in half, so I doubt they are nutshells (unless those nuts come pre-cut into quarters). This all came from a tree with wide green leaves, here in the southeast USA. That's all I remember about it. Any ideas what tree this might be? Any help would be appreciated!
Does anyone know what kind of tree this is? It came up in one of my raised beds last year, just a single stick with dark red leaves. I left it alone to see what it would turn into. This picture is what it looks like now, and the leaves have turned much more green, although they did come out red again at first. I've never noticed any flowers or fruit on it so far. The very tips of the branches are covered with little green aphids and the occasional ant. I'm trying to decide if I want to cut it down or try to move it, but I've not been able to get a definite ID to help me.
Can you identify this tree/shrub? Here are 3 pictures.
So, about a year and a half ago, we bought a house! Awesome. For the first time, I have a back yard and a front yard and a lawn and... stuff, and I don't know, maybe because I'm old and boring now, I've started to give a crap about making my lawn look nice. Something is really starting to piss me off... [more inside]
Tree-ID Filter: Portland Edition (Photo inside) [more inside]
We recently bought a house with neglected apple trees and I would like to learn how to care for them. [more inside]
What type of tree is this? I'm sure it's quite common, as they're found all over Chicago. There were no old leaves on the ground nearby, and I'm useless at identifying leafless deciduous trees unless they're white and peeling. Thanks.
What is eating my acer palmatum? [more inside]
I have a large container in my back yard that I want to use for a dwarf tree. The container is at least 3 by 3 feet and gets full sun. It's very important that the tree stay short - four feet is best, five feet would be ok. I want to get tasty fruit from it. I want it to stay healthy and require minimal maintenance. Please give me species recommendations and tips. [more inside]
You know that last time you drove through Mississippi or Louisiana and you passed by acre after acre of pine trees, all in nice rows? Help me find a publicly-accessible spot like that near New Orleans so that I can use it as a background in a photo. [more inside]
My flower bed gets full sun in Summer, full shade in Winter, and plenty of dog pee. What can I plant? [more inside]
I have always been one of those "I have no green thumb" type people, but now I want an indoor plant for my NYC apartment. Specifics inside. [more inside]
We live in a rural New England house on a wooded lot and we don't actually know a whole lot about taking care of trees. Other than 'you should call someone and learn about taking care of trees' what will be useful for us to know? [more inside]
This is my grapefruit tree. It is sad, and I'm not sure why. Please help me make my grapefruit tree not so sad and nearly dead. Details inside. [more inside]
This tree is taller than our single-story house, has soft brown branches, grows long, skinny, pointy leaves in groups of three, produces bunches of tiny yellow flowers, and is full of bees. It grows very fast. The flowers and leaves don't seem to smell like anything in particular. We're in Los Angeles. The leaves are green year-round, and the tree needs no watering. Here's a pair of photos of the tree and a branch tip. Here's a close up of the flowers. And here's a close up of the underside of the leaves. What is it?