In this Issue:
  • My Tree Has Tumors
  • Bark Stripping Squirrels
  • Put Some Thought into Tree Placement
  • Are Your Dogwoods in Decline?
  • The Visual and Delectable Appeal of an Edible Landscape
  • Florida Natives: Florida Red Anise
  • Large Limb Removal Tips
  • Why Are There Holes in My Tree?
  • Acorns Abound!
  • What Plant is This?
  • Trees

    My Tree Has Tumors

    As oak trees are now fully leafing out and people start hanging out in the shade of the canopy, many of you are noticing strange growths on the branches. They look like potatoes, spiky cones and fuzz balls on the leaves and stems.  Don’t worry.  It’s just a harmless wasp that chose that tree to …

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    Bark Stripping Squirrels

    Squirrel bark stripping damage on a Chinese elm.

    The squirrels are at it again! This time they are stripping the bark from the trunks of my Chinese elm (Ulmus parvifolia) trees. Squirrels feed on the bark of a number of other different tree species including oaks, maples, and pecans. There are a few theories as to why squirrels feed on tree bark. Pregnant Females …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/18/bark-stripping-squirrels/

    Put Some Thought into Tree Placement

    It’s really tempting to buy a tree and plant it in the middle of your lawn or directly in front of your picture window, but instead take some time to choose the best spot first. Several considerations such as maintenance and mature size should be taken into account before the site is selected. Placing a …

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    Are Your Dogwoods in Decline?

    Everyone, or at least everyone fortunate enough to grow up in the South, has a fond memory tucked away of a sight or smell of a plant that reminds them of the good old days. Maybe it’s the ancient camellia at your grandmother’s house that just feels like home when you see it.  Maybe it’s …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/29/are-your-dogwoods-in-decline/

    The Visual and Delectable Appeal of an Edible Landscape

    Edible landscaping has become a trend for many gardening enthusiasts. A combination of edible plants along with traditional ornamentals can create an artful presentation. There are some challenges when designing such a landscape, but in those challenges opportunities’ may be found. One of the most difficult challenges is making sure your garden or landscape is healthy …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/20/the-visual-and-delectable-appeal-of-an-edible-landscape/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/09/florida-natives-florida-red-anise/

    Large Limb Removal Tips

    There are a number of reasons to remove large limbs from mature trees. The three most common reasons are to either remove dead wood, to keep limbs from interfering with one another and rubbing or growing together, or to keep the tree from having narrow crotch angles. (“Narrow crotch angle” is not a very charming …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/11/large-limb-removal-tips/

    Why Are There Holes in My Tree?

    Have you noticed strange rings of pencil-sized holes on the trunks of certain trees in your landscape recently?  If so, take heart that these holes are not emanating from an infestation of destructive insects but rather from a perfectly native, rather attractive migratory woodpecker, the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker (Syphrapicus varius)! The Sapsucker is a smallish bird …

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    Acorns Abound!

    Do you have more acorns than you know what to do with? When oaks produce loads of acorns, it sometimes is called a “mast” year. Do you remember the oak tree pollen and all those catkins that fell from oaks earlier in spring? Catkins are the male flowers in oaks. Some people refer to them …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/01/26/acorns-abound/

    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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