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Help me expand my descriptive vocabulary!

I'd like to learn some more vocabulary to describe nature and architecture for my writing. I love elaborate descriptions in 19th century literature, but I have no idea about the names of most flowers and trees, and I have no idea how to describe various types of architectural in anything but the vaguest terms. [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Mar 14, 2015 - 11 answers

What is this tree? (Los Angeles)

I went on a walk today and saw these great trees flowering. The flowers are about the size of an orchid flower, and kind of look like one, too. On the same street, there were different trees with white flowers and with pale pink striped flowers, maybe light purple ones, too. What are they? [more inside]
posted by rubah on Mar 14, 2015 - 3 answers

How can I tell how old my pepper trees were?

COUNT THE RINGS, I KNOW?! amirite? Except, no, I find it really difficult to count the rings as the chainsaw obliterated a lot of them, and the wood doesn't lend itself to clear rings. How else can I estimate the age of this tree? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord on Feb 24, 2015 - 7 answers

How far back can I trim this tree?

Our house came with a young Bradford Pear. We haven't taken very good care of it and now it's too big and droopy at the bottom and thin at the top. Can we start over? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Feb 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Name that tree

I found this leaf in Pittsburgh, PA. What kind of it tree did it fall from? [more inside]
posted by isnotchicago on Jan 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Trees: How Do They Work?

Tell me about the energy dynamics of non-deciduous alpine trees. How do saplings stay alive when continuously covered by snow all winter? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Nov 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Snow and my garden

First winter in our new house, and the first real (but probably short lived) snow will come Wednesday (USDA Hardiness Zone 6A). We won't have to to prep for this snowfall, but what should we be doing longer term for the plants in our garden during the winter? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Shortcuts to Dendrology?

I'm looking for shortcuts, mnemonics, hacks or cheats to become an expert at identifying trees. What helped you? Despite having a passion for the woods, owning several great books on tree identification and even carrying an ID chart, the business of saying "Ah! An elm! Hey! A lime!" or indeed "No. 1: The Larch. The Larch" still eludes me. Please note - I'm in the UK.
posted by tzb on Nov 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Science Fiction Short Story ID

The gist of the story: Natives take potion which slows their movements and thoughts to match those of trees, who it turns out are sentient and out to get us. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Sep 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Safe to bring California bay laurel/pepperwood to Arizona?

Can I bring California bay laurel branches to Arizona without potentially causing an ecological problem? [more inside]
posted by pony707 on Sep 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Is my tree dead?

We have a tree in our parking strip that didn't bloom this year. I think I know why, but am I right, and is the damage repairable? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Aug 7, 2014 - 8 answers

What to do with half-dead crepe myrtle?

After a brutal winter in PA, our 7yo crepe myrtle appears only one of two major trunks appear to be alive and well. Both branches have also split (see photos), meanwhile, new shoots are growing very quickly at the base. Apart form replacing the plant, what is the best course of action in this scenario? crepe mrytle pic1 trunk pic2
posted by Mikey51 on Aug 7, 2014 - 3 answers

mystery tree, plant identification

Its like a cherry but not. Please help me identify this mystery tree. Pictures below. [more inside]
posted by ljesse on Jul 31, 2014 - 10 answers

10 years before the mast?

Do trees respond to a harsh winter by producing a larger volume of seeds in the following spring? [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey on Jun 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Can this tree be saved?

We have what was a beautiful Japanese maple tree in our yard. It has sentimental significance for my family - we brought it from our old house in another state. This past winter was hard on a lot of trees and shrubs where I live. Most things have recovered, at least somewhat. Until today, we thought the Japanese maple was dead. Today, there are two leaves. Does it have a chance? What can I do to encourage it to survive? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian on Jun 5, 2014 - 5 answers

What is wrong with my trees?

I live in east Tennessee and I have a couple of trees in my yard that get what I think is a fungus of some kind but I can't identify it. I have tried to google the disease but I can't seem to find it. Spiky growths come out of the berries and some leaves will get similar growths later in the season. [more inside]
posted by slavlin on Jun 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Vitamins for trees?

I've planted a variety of trees around my house - kwanzan cherries, tulip trees, flowering crabapples - and many seem to have shared problems. These are 1) extra thick trunks for their size, 2) a tendency toward something like witch's brooming, and 3) a tendency to grow off vertical. No basic nutrient problems on soil testing, but haven't done trace minerals. Should I break up with them, or is there someway to work this out?
posted by bullatony on Jun 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Need help to identify this tree..

Can someone please tell me what kind of tree this is from
posted by lynnwilson120 on May 22, 2014 - 3 answers

Do I really need to cut down this tree?

I love the 50-foot pine tree in front of my house, but its roots have torn up my driveway. (1) Is there anything to do besides cutting down the tree? (2) How can I feel better about losing this tree? [more inside]
posted by underthehat on May 21, 2014 - 10 answers

One More Tree or One Less Garden?

I woke up this morning to find a sign indicating that in the next couple of days the city will be planting a tree in front of my house. While trees are great, the tree will likely shade one or more of my raised beds that I use to grow food. What can I do to stop the installation of this tree? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by delicious-luncheon on May 20, 2014 - 21 answers

Do we have a treasure tree?

What are these little seeds or pits that I found in the yard today? We moved here in the wintertime, so we have yet to see what treasures our yard has waiting for us! [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Mar 31, 2014 - 10 answers

Accurately Measuring Tree Growth.

We recently were fortunate enough to buy a house in the Berkeley Hills with panoramic Bay views of the city from the Golden Gate to the Bay bridge. Our downhill neighbor has a large beautiful redwood tree in their yard. However as beautiful as the tree is it can significantly obstruct our view if allowed to continue to grow uabated so we need a way to accurately measure its growth remotely. [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged on Feb 19, 2014 - 6 answers

Taking care of a European Cypress tree

My dad sent me a European Cypress tree in the mail. How do I take care of it? Minnesota edition. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Dec 19, 2013 - 1 answer

Flowerpots hanging in trees

There are a series of terracotta flowerpots hanging upside-down in trees in a residential area, and I'd love to figure out why there there. This is what they look like. [more inside]
posted by carbide on Dec 17, 2013 - 18 answers

Am I poisoning my family? What about my Christmas tree?

Our Christmas tree is a 7ft radiata pine. It's in a bucket in our living room. To keep it upright I've put ~25kg/55lbs of lead dive weights in the bucket submerged in water. A visitor suggested I was poisoning both the tree and my 8 month old son. I don't care so much about the tree but I'd like to know if the dive weights are somehow going to cause us lead poisoning. Are dive weights even made of lead? Every website about dive weights uses comic sans and was designed in 1995 so feel free to direct me to something authoritative.
posted by ddd on Nov 30, 2013 - 22 answers

Trees and snow

Trees in deep snow often have a gap around them where the snow is lower (see here and here). Why is this? Do trees give off enough warmth to melt snow, or do they absorb the snow as water, or is it because falling/blowing snow is blocked by the tree trunk, leaving a kind of shadow?
posted by oulipian on Oct 27, 2013 - 11 answers


This is a really silly question but whatever. I would like to get a small tree for my apartment. What are my best options? [more inside]
posted by prunes on Oct 20, 2013 - 20 answers

Grow a quinine tree in California?

I live in Sunset zone 14. Could I grow a Cinchona Pubescens tree in my yard? Because: how awesome would it be to have both a lime tree and a quinine tree, maybe at the front walkway or something? (Cue Esquivel.) Bonus: where to buy the rootstock?
posted by prettyboyfloyd on Sep 4, 2013 - 2 answers

Cheap eating in my future? What kind of apple trees do I have?

What sort of apple trees do I have in my backyard? I'm in Northern California. Photos: Apple: one two, Tree: one two
posted by porn in the woods on Aug 17, 2013 - 13 answers

How to safely evict squirrels from a palm tree about to be trimmed?

We share a 10' tall palm tree with a neighbor. The tree needs to be trimmed (dead fronts, some rotting areas, etc.). At least one, and probably a whole family, of squirrels has made its home somewhere in that tree. I don't want to see them get injured, but I don't know how to get them out before the tree-trimming service people come and start whacking at it. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on May 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Trees don't carry ID

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.
posted by dilettante on May 15, 2013 - 8 answers

What tree is this?

Please help identify this tree. The photo was taken in Vancouver yesterday.
posted by vanar sena on May 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Where can I go to enjoy wind blowing through trees?

My love takes great pleasure in wind blowing through trees, preferably rustling, leafy, big trees. Looking for vacation spots where 1) there are guaranteed trees and highly likely wind, and 2) we can get a warm, toasty room with a great view of said trees. Other than those two criteria, it can be anywhere, any time of year. Where and when would this be?
posted by quarterframer on Apr 30, 2013 - 18 answers

What kind of tree is this?

A friend wants to ID this tree that is in her yard in Austin, TX. Pictures of the tree in question. Thanks, AskMe!
posted by superlibby on Apr 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Trees. What's up with those?

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]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Feb 6, 2013 - 14 answers

What does an elm look like?

I can't identify trees, bushes, shrubs, or flowers. How can I learn to do so on sight? [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Dec 28, 2012 - 22 answers

Trees: Latin translation and etymology

Trying to find a list of tree names with common, latin, latin translation and etymology. The first two are easy to find, but it's the last two I really care about. [more inside]
posted by gwint on Oct 25, 2012 - 3 answers

The House of Possums

Please identify this tree (3 photo imgur album) growing in my backyard in Sydney, Australia. [more inside]
posted by vidur on Oct 24, 2012 - 21 answers

Help me make a forest in Manhattan.

What are the best candles out there for making my home smell like a forest? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Sep 30, 2012 - 18 answers

How to find Hermann Hesse in English?

Hermann Hesse apparently published a book called Bäume: Betrachtungen und Gedichte (Trees: Reflections and Poems) and I'm trying to find a version in English, because it sounds awesome. Look. [more inside]
posted by Cobalt on Sep 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Recommend an arborist in south Minneapolis?

I'm looking for recommendations for arborists in south Minneapolis. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Sep 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Brooklyn fruits?

What fruit tree is blooming behind my apartment in Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Aug 12, 2012 - 20 answers

Neglected trees on vacant property are growing out of control. What to do?

There is a house across the street from me that has been vacant for a little over a year now. I have noticed the trees in the backyard growing out of control and they are starting to block my view. More importantly, I am worried about the potential for a fire from the accumulation of pine needles on the ground. [more inside]
posted by MattMangels on May 29, 2012 - 10 answers

The San Francisco Treeeeee

Tree Identification Filter - What is this tree from the streets of San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus on May 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Is this a redbud?

Is this a redbud? [more inside]
posted by musofire on Apr 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Need short Australia-friendly tree that will earn its keep

I need recommendations for small trees, or bushes or shrubs or something, that absolutely won't grow taller than two metres high, can handle dry conditions (Australian summers) and temperatures between -5 and +40 Celsius. Ideally they should either have pretty flowers or produce something edible (but not citrus, I have enough of those already). Needs to be available in Canberra. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Apr 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Pretty Plant Related Engagement Rings

Looking for ideas for a nature inspired engagement ring. [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Apr 2, 2012 - 25 answers

What to do with 30-50 trees' worth of large branches?

What to do with 30-50 trees' worth of large branches in Orange County, NC? Burn, shred, give away for bird thicket, other ideas? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Mar 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Do you know this tree-gliding 80s PC game?

Help me identify an old 80s DOS PC game! It involves a tree-dwelling civilization and lots of gliding between platforms… [more inside]
posted by LMGM on Mar 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Why do pine trees make a thumping noise?

Help me figure out why I hear and feel a thumping noise when I sit next to pine trees. [more inside]
posted by huxham on Mar 9, 2012 - 9 answers

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