Miniature Trees, Misconceptions, and Their Use In Novelty Gardens

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Although the term miniature tree usually brings to mind the image of tiny Japanese potted Bonsai trees, the name also applies to dwarf trees suitable for landscaping. While elegant Bonsai trees can enhance a low-growing flower garden, miniature trees can provide shade and fruit in even the smallest yard.

Unlike their big brothers, miniature fruit trees typically reach a height of less than five feet. Dwarf varieties of apple, apricot and cherry are readily available from nurseries and specialized tree farms. Read the rest…

Common Tree Diseases and Active Prevention

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Trees are susceptible to disease just like any other plant. These are some of the most common tree diseases and a few recommended treatment strategies.

Anthracnose is caused by a fungus that attacks the leaves and emerging buds of many hardwoods, including sycamores, oaks and dogwoods. In severe cases the tree may die. Treatment includes application of fungicides and thinning large stands of timber to allow better air circulation in order to discourage fungal growth.

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Ornamental Trees Of Interest – Unique Bark and Foliage

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Homeowners frequently look for unusual trees to plant in their yards so that they can have something different from their neighbors. Because more people are spending significant amounts of their leisure time at home, it is important to them that their outdoor living space is pleasant and attractive. It is also important to busy homeowners that the trees and shrubs that they choose for landscaping purposes are low maintenance.

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We Need The Trees

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Trees are large and mighty but they are not invincible and, every day, thousands are chopped down. Don’t get me wrong, we use the wood from trees for a lot of different things, a lot of things that we, in fact, need to live. However, a lot of paper is created from trees and, unfortunately, a lot of paper is wasted when we don’t recycle or simply don’t see the need.

You’re probably asking yourself what the big deal is, right? There are billions of trees all over the planet and it never seems like we’re running out. Unfortunately, we are. If you don’t believe me then fire up that Satellite Star Internet and see for yourself. And trees aren’t the only thing we are running out of.

See, a lot of oxygen is produced from trees. In fact, trees are integral in the production of oxygen – they absorb all those harmful and non-breathable gasses and produce clean, pure oxygen. So what do you think happens when we remove all the trees – or severely reduce their numbers? Let’s just say it starts getting a little harder to breathe. That is why we need the trees – believe it or not, our lives depend on them.

Characteristics, Identification, and Misconceptions Of Broadleaf Trees

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Broadleaf trees generally have wide, flat leaves and shed annually. They are most likely found in regions with plenty of water and good soil. Most broadleaf trees are dedicious and produce flowers or fruit. The leaves of a broadleaf tree are flat and usually have a network of veins running through them. The flat surface helps the tree catch the maximum sunlight for the tree’s photosynthesis process. Broadleaf trees need a lot of nourishment, the leaves fall to Read the rest…

Non-Native Trees Introduced To North America

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The history of gardening contains many examples of exotic non-native trees transplanted to North America.

In the early nineteenth century, varieties of the flowering tree Wisteria were imported from China and Japan to enhance gardens in the American South. The invasive Wisteria has become common enough to create a problem in some areas of the country.

Ornamental citrus trees, such as the Meyer lemon tree, were imported to the conservatories of homes of wealthy Americans around 1900. Some were placed in the botanical gardens of major cities for the public to enjoy.

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Characteristics, Identification, and Misconceptions Of Conifers, Cone-Bearing Trees

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Trees. They shade us in the summer, put oxygen in the air year round – they are mostly the same, right? Wrong. Conifers, while mostly considered to be an evergreen, cone-baring seed pant with needle-shaped leaves, it isn’t always the case. Not all conifers are evergreen (such as Larch, Chinese Swamp Cyprus, Pond Cyprus, Swamp Cyprus, Dawn Redwood, and the Ginkgo Biloba) and not all evergreens are conifers. And not all conifers are trees – some are shrubs (such as the Yew). And while most produce cones, some have a fleshy aril (fruit) that surrounds Read the rest…

The Differences Between Conifers and Broadleaf Trees

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Broadleaf trees tend to live in areas with nutritious soil and plenty of water and are mostly deciduous. These trees need plenty of nutrients to produce their leaves. Broadleaf trees produce a variety of leaves, from long to linear, and complex these leaves provide surfaces for the tree to catch the sunlight for the tree’s photosynthesis. Broadleaf trees produce flowers and seeds inside the fruit for pollination. When the weather turns cold, broadleaf trees will drop their leaves to the ground covering their roots with rich nutrients for the winter Read the rest…