With Mounting Problems, Should Autumn Blaze Maples Be Planted?

There is one plant about which I’ve receive more emails and questions than any other in the past 38 years. It’s Autumn Blaze maple, and inquiries have far outpaced even questions about the best time to transplant rhubarb. The questions of course don’t address Autumn Blaze maples that are doing wonderfully. They’re about Autumn Blaze that…
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What’s Causing The Bumps On Area Maple Leaves?

Homeowners frequently find bumps and tumor-like growths on their maple leaves. The green, reddish-green or red bumps are symptoms of maple leaf gall, caused by the feeding of tiny mites. Adult mites become active as leaf buds open in spring. As mites feed on developing leaves, hormones cause abnormal plant cell growth that encloses the mites inside a gall where…
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Japanese Tree Lilac – Great Tree For Small Spaces.

Have you noticed the small trees currently blooming with beautiful billowy white flowers? They’re Japanese tree lilacs. These small-scale trees bloom later than the more-familiar shrub-type lavender lilacs, usually flowering from about mid-June until early July. If you didn’t know better, you might not even recognize them as lilacs. Japanese tree lilacs can be grown as single-trunked…
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How To Tell If A Tree Or Shrub Is Dead Or Still Dormant

Trees and shrubs can be slow to leaf out in spring. Are they alive, dead, or just stubborn? There are several ways to tell, and a little detective work can determine whether the woody plant is dead and we should consider replacement, or if there’s life and we need patience. First, bend twigs gently. Dead…
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Is It Too Late To Prune Trees And Shrubs?

Before we get to our pruning question, have you heard the latest breakthrough in plant breeding? A scientist successfully crossed a four-leaf clover with poison ivy. He had a rash of good luck. Joking aside, we’ve had great gardening weather this fall to get pre-winter preparations finished. But someone recently asked if it’s too late…
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