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Tree ID Florida Edition

What kind of tree is this with long threads/vines coming out of the branches? What are those threads? [more inside]
posted by dearwassily on Jan 6, 2017 - 10 answers

How to take photographs of Christmas trees and Christmas lights.

I almost never take photos, but I'd like to take a few this season for sentimental reasons. I can take photos of a Christmas tree (and have), but I am embarrassed to admit that I haven't the faintest clue how to take a photograph showing the tree covered in lights. The photos I take never show the lights. In fact, you can't even tell whether the lights are on or not. How can I get the lights to appear in the photo? The camera I'm using is an old A series Canon. I think around 5meg. [more inside]
posted by Beholder on Dec 22, 2016 - 6 answers

Christmas tree net?

You've just bought a fresh Christmas tree. You know that plastic wrap/ net / loom that pulls all the branches close to the trunk...what is that called? And where can I buy a roll/spool it? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Nov 13, 2016 - 5 answers

How to successfuly destroy invasively sprouting Black Locust tree?

The city electrical utility cut down a Black Locust tree in our back alley that was growing into the power lines. Before you clutch your pearls, this is a fast-growing, invasive tree that is considered a weed in my region (Seattle, King County, Washington), so getting rid of it is a good thing. I have also planted a couple of other, nicer, trees. The problem is that the stump is multiply and rapidly sprouting and it has a violent will to survive. How do I deal with the stump and its sprouts so that I don't end up with 15 additional locust trees? [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Sep 20, 2016 - 16 answers


How do I cover up graffiti on exposed heartwood of a live tree in a way that won't harm the tree and is dark enough to discourage such defacement again? [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey on Sep 17, 2016 - 22 answers

What Could Be Making My Tree Brown?

The other day I noticed that my tree is turning brown. What could the cause be? (linked photos) [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Aug 18, 2016 - 7 answers

How's my elm tree?

I share a large backyard elm tree with my neighbors. Does it look healthy? Is there anything we should be doing to keep it in the best shape it can be? [more inside]
posted by ndg on Jul 8, 2016 - 6 answers

New car, old tree

My driveway has a magnolia tree and I have a new car. I'm resigning myself to more frequent washing but would like to do a regular quick job rather than a huge undertaking. What are your car washing / sap / driveway tree maintenance / bird dropping hacks? [more inside]
posted by Ness on Jun 8, 2016 - 9 answers

Invasive boundary tree--pruning to death?

There are several established invasive trees on my neighbor's side of our property line. By right, I can have overhanging limbs removed. At least one of the trees has all of its limbs on my side of the line, and I presume removing them all would kill the tree. Am I in my rights to do so? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on May 2, 2016 - 11 answers

Brown Turkey Fig Tree Freeze Damage

How can I rehabilitate a brown turkey fig tree with freeze damage? [more inside]
posted by fremen on Apr 30, 2016 - 3 answers

Fruit tree disease

I have 4 fruit trees: apricot, nectarine, peach, plum. 2 of them appear very unhealthy in their foliage: apricot & peach. The other 2 are fine. What's wrong with them? Pictures [more inside]
posted by Akeem on Apr 22, 2016 - 7 answers

Tree ID in Atlanta, GA

A friend has moved to a new townhome in Atlanta, GA and has asked for help identifying this tree. All of my searches have come up short. [more inside]
posted by nathaole on Apr 20, 2016 - 6 answers

Why are these bikes in a tree?

A friend sent me this photo of bikes locked up in a tree: http://imgur.com/JFvAVoN. Any guesses on what's going on here?
posted by morninj on Apr 14, 2016 - 19 answers

Crosscut saw versus a chainsaw

A tree fell on our house the day before yesterday. It just grazed the corner, so there is not too much damage. The tree is probably 24 inches in diameter at the thickest parts. I have a chainsaw, but I would prefer something safer. [more inside]
posted by Slothrop on Mar 3, 2016 - 20 answers

Looking for fiction featuring cities among the trees

I am currently reading Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn, which includes wonderful vivid descriptions of a city built high in the trees on a jungle planet. Please recommend more novels that feature civilization in the trees! Not Tarzan; I'm looking for town or city life, arboreal style. I am searching for Dendropolis. [more inside]
posted by duffell on Feb 8, 2016 - 16 answers

Where was the effing monkey?

Back in 1999, there was a website with a game. The aim was to find a monkey in a tree. If you won, you'd get $10k. Did anyone actually find this monkey? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Jan 4, 2016 - 9 answers

Why Do Some Trees Oooze Globs of Clear Gel-Like Sap?

I think I went by a silk tree and looked up and down and there were globs of clear gel on the ground and clusters of it above. What purpose does this serve the tree? What is it indicative of?
posted by watercarrier on Dec 20, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me navigate through phone trees without manually pressing buttons

For work, I've been asked to call a phone hotline and navigate touch-tone menus (entering data) to get data. I'd prefer to automate the process if possible, because data entry sucks. [more inside]
posted by LSK on Dec 10, 2015 - 9 answers

Little Tree, Don't Die On Me

Dear gardeners of MeFi: I have a small Japanese Maple in a container. It's susceptible to frost, but the weather's so weird (thanks, global warming) that I'm not sure whether I'm killing it with the wrong sort of care. [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Dec 2, 2015 - 4 answers

Palm Trees In My Mind, Not in the Yard

If you have a 60 ft tall Californian palm, and someone off Craigslist wants to buy it, can you sell it? If so, how? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by yueliang on Sep 29, 2015 - 10 answers

What can I do to help my tree which has mud and water in the trunk?

Here are pictures of the tree and what I've done to it. Looks like the tree was originally in two parts and half was cut off, but the stump filled with water and debris, creating a rotted pool that goes down at least a foot. I tried to clean it out with a hose and drain it by drilling a hole, but it's not looking pretty. When I drilled the hole, I noticed the wood was wet all the way in, not dry like normal wood. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Sep 4, 2015 - 13 answers

What is this tree and seed?

What is this tree and seed (nut?)? Eight or nine feet tall, growing next to a sidewalk and clearly intentionally planted. That seed is marble- or dime-sized, and I just picked this Friday, so it would have to be fruiting now in Austin, Texas. Don't worry, I'm not going to eat it. Just curious. Thanks!
posted by fiercecupcake on Jul 5, 2015 - 4 answers

Can this tree be saved?

The honey locust that's been shading the family home since my grandmother planted it in the 1940s has lost one of its largest limbs, back to nearly the base of the tree. Is there anything to be done to save the rest of the tree? Pictures of the damage. [more inside]
posted by mgar on Jun 26, 2015 - 10 answers

What kind of tree is this?

Need help identifying a tree from Utah. [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Jun 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Giant oak galls: what's going on?

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]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on May 28, 2015 - 6 answers

How to remove dead ivy from tree?

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.
posted by brenton on May 9, 2015 - 5 answers

Are Chinaberry trees as weak as Hackberry trees (In Texas)?

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.
posted by kristymcj on Apr 7, 2015 - 5 answers

What kind of tree is this?

What kind of tree is this?
posted by gocubbies on Mar 15, 2015 - 5 answers

How to get plums on my plum tree?

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]
posted by foleypt on Mar 7, 2015 - 7 answers

Help for a brown thumb

What can I do to save a large indoor gardenia plant with browning, dry leaves? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 14, 2015 - 4 answers

How can I get a plastic shopping bag out of my tree?

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]
posted by feelinggood on Dec 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Transplanting a small ginko

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?
posted by Jimbob on Dec 4, 2014 - 2 answers

What kind of tree is this?

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]
posted by TangoCharlie on Oct 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Identify this tree with berries

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]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Sep 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Help identify this plant

What type of plant is this (pic 1, pic 2)? It looks a little like bamboo, but the stalk is much thinner.
posted by roaring beast on Sep 2, 2014 - 10 answers

A town-owned tree fell on my car - town says they're not responsible

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]
posted by FlyByDay on Aug 10, 2014 - 11 answers

How to warp fruit?

I am looking for tried-and-tested methods for shaping fruit on the branch. What have you tried that has worked? [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Aug 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Is the treatment for Emerald Ash Borer killing our Ash tree?

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]
posted by scottatdrake on Aug 3, 2014 - 3 answers

Mystery tree: Do I cut it down?

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.
posted by pjern on Aug 2, 2014 - 4 answers

BotonyFilter: What is this baby tree (urban-wild in Vancouver, BC)?

This baby tree is (probably) in its second growing season. Can anyone identify the species? (urban-wild in Vancouver, BC) [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Jul 24, 2014 - 3 answers

Tree service in the morning. Tree falls down in a storm that evening.

Should I try to get my money back from the arborist? [more inside]
posted by Poldo on Jul 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Extreme Tree Grafting

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.
posted by brenton on Jun 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Calling all medievalists! The Tree of the Seven Deadly Sins

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.
posted by Hugobaron on May 29, 2014 - 3 answers

Problem with tree roots

Surface roots from our silver maple are making our backyard unusable. Can we do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on May 11, 2014 - 10 answers

How can I check if a tree would have been killed by ivy?

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]
posted by devnull on Apr 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Help needed with ancient Family Tree Maker file formats: TRT & IDX

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]
posted by queue_strategy on Feb 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Trying to identify some sort of miniature pine tree.

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]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Feb 22, 2014 - 4 answers

cat in tree freezing

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.
posted by nonane on Jan 31, 2014 - 37 answers

interesting tree choices for South Carolina yard?

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.
posted by ftm on Nov 24, 2013 - 20 answers

Urban Gardening: Artificial Lighting

Last week, I asked MetaFilter about growing a tree indoors. This week, I have a question about aesthetically pleasing artificial lighting solutions. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Oct 29, 2013 - 6 answers

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