In this Issue:
  • Florida Natives: Florida Red Anise
  • What Plant is This?
  • Don’t Be Afraid to Disturb the Rootball
  • Something’s Been Eating in My Yard!
  • Saltbush – A Late Blooming Native Shrub
  • Fall: An Ideal Time for Shrub Installation
  • Saltbush–a Native Beauty, of Sorts
  • Best Seasons for Planting Coming Up
  • Do Your Plants have Problems?
  • Cool, Wet Spring Favors Azalea and Camellia Leaf Gall
  • Shrubs

    Florida Natives: Florida Red Anise

    Springtime brings small but very pretty red blooms on an outstanding native shrub/small tree, Florida red anise (Illicium floridanum). It occurs naturally in the wild in the central and western panhandle of Florida and west along the gulf coast into Louisiana. Its natural environment is in the understory along streams and in rich, wooded areas. …

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    What Plant is This?

    A common diagnostic service offered at your local UF/IFAS Extension office is plant identification. Whether you need a persistent weed identified so you can implement a management program or you need to identify an ornamental plant and get care recommendations, we can help! In the past, we were reliant on people to bring a sample …

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    Don’t Be Afraid to Disturb the Rootball

    A new tree or shrub is an investment for the future. When we pick an ornamental plant, we have the hope that it will survive for many years and offer seasons of beauty that enhance our landscape.  Time is often spent picking a suitable spot, preparing the planting hole, and watering until establishment.  We give …

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    Something’s Been Eating in My Yard!

    Missing rose buds, pulled up pansies, and damaged tree trunks are all signs that something has been visiting your garden while you are away. But what could it be? Most gardeners are familiar with leaf spots caused by fungal diseases or minor feeding damage by insects, but to see half a shrub or an entire …

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    Saltbush – A Late Blooming Native Shrub

      If you have noticed bursts of white-flowered shrubs along roadsides, trails, and other natural areas the last couple of weeks, there’s a good chance that it was saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia). Saltbush is a native shrub in the sunflower or daisy family (Asteraceae) that can be found throughout the Coastal Plain. It often grows along …

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    Fall: An Ideal Time for Shrub Installation

    It was a hot summer that has continued into Fall.  We hope cooler temperatures are on their way to the panhandle of Florida.  Fall can be a great time to spruce up your landscape with some new shrubs. It may be time for your landscape to receive a mini-makeover and to get a new look. …

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    Saltbush–a Native Beauty, of Sorts

    In the spring and summer, no one notices the little green shrub hidden among wax myrtle and marsh elder at the edge of the salt marsh. However, if I’m leading a group of students or a Master Naturalist class through the same area in the fall, it’s the first plant people ask about. The saltbush …

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    Best Seasons for Planting Coming Up

    By the look of the crowded nurseries during March and April, springtime seems to be the best time for planting. This is the case for our frost tender annuals and perennials but we are actually heading into our best seasons for planting trees and shrubs. The fact that above ground portions of trees and shrubs …

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    Do Your Plants have Problems?

      Many gardeners get stumped when a favorite plant of theirs comes down with a strange “something”. Many of these gardeners know about UF/IFAS Extension and call their local horticulture and agriculture agents for assistance in figuring out what’s going on. However, even these experts are often stumped by what they see. Fortunately, the agents …

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    Cool, Wet Spring Favors Azalea and Camellia Leaf Gall

    Do you have azaleas or camellias with leaves that are thickened, curled and waxy in appearance? This is fairly common this year and is caused by a fungus. Exobasidium vaccinii is a fungus that causes leaves, and in some cases flower petals, to enlarge abnormally and is commonly referred to as azalea leaf and flower …

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