In this Issue:
  • What is that Web in my Tree ?
  • What’s That Tree with the Purple Blooms?
  • Oak Galls Can Fool Us All
  • Invasive Species Workshop and Air Potato Challenge June 6th Panama City!
  • Be Proactive to Ward Off Armillaria Root Rot
  • Pine Tip Moths–pests hidden in plain sight
  • Make Way for Traffic!
  • Blackgum/Tupelo trees: At home in the river or your backyard
  • Don’t Commit Crape Murder
  • A Ghost in the Woods
  • Trees

    What is that Web in my Tree ?

    Bare limb tips and clusters of webbing in pecan trees are often the first sign that fall is right around the corner. This webbing is caused by clusters of the larvae of the Fall Webworm (Hyphantria cunea (Drury)) which is often also called Pecan Webworm. “Fall Webworm” is a bit of a misnomer in our region …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/09/13/what-is-that-web-in-my-tree/

    What’s That Tree with the Purple Blooms?

    Chaste tree.  The showy chaste tree makes an attractive specimen as the centerpiece of your landscape bed or in a large container on the deck. Easy-to-grow, drought resistant, and attractive to butterflies and bees, Vitex agnus-castus is a multi-stemmed small tree with fragrant, upwardly pointing lavender blooms and gray-green foliage. The chaste tree’s palmately divided …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/29/whats-that-tree-with-the-purple-blooms/

    Oak Galls Can Fool Us All

      Humans usually believe that we have a mastery of the natural world, and know everything about it. More often than not, nature tricks us with illusions that play on our pre-conceived notions about plant life.  We are conditioned to believe that everything hanging from a tree must be a fruit or nut of some …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/07/23/oak-galls-can-fool-us-all/

    Invasive Species Workshop and Air Potato Challenge June 6th Panama City!

    June 6th is a great day to learn about all types of invasive species that threaten natural areas in Northwest Florida! The UF/IFAS Extension Bay County office will have multiple educational exhibits with living samples of species of concern from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6th. This is a multi-agency effort to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/05/23/invasive-species-workshop-and-air-potato-challenge-june-6th-panama-city/

    Be Proactive to Ward Off Armillaria Root Rot

    Recently, an Extension Agent in the Florida Panhandle received a picture of some mushrooms popping up in a client’s garden.  These particular mushrooms were in a spot where leftover mushroom compost had been dumped.  The compost was previously used to grow oyster mushrooms and the client was hopeful that she had more oyster mushrooms growing in her …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/23/armillaria/

    Pine Tip Moths–pests hidden in plain sight

    Ah, the oft-ignored pine tree. They are so ubiquitous throughout the southeast, that many people consider them undesirable in a landscape. Having grown up near the “Pine Belt” of Mississippi, I figured I knew plenty about them, but this week I learned something new. While on a field tour with local foresters in the business …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/26/pine-tip-moths-pests-hidden-in-plain-sight/

    Make Way for Traffic!

      How many times have you pulled up to an intersection and couldn’t see oncoming traffic because a shrub was in the way? It’s frustrating, and unsafe. To help each other out, we should all pay attention to landscape plants that may be blocking the view of oncoming traffic and/or pedestrians, including your own driveway. …

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    Blackgum/Tupelo trees: At home in the river or your backyard

    In the river swamps of northwest Florida, the first tree to come to mind is typically the cypress. The “knees” protruding from the water are eye-catching and somewhat mysterious. Sweet bay magnolia is an easily recognizable species as well, with its silvery leaves twisting in the wind. The sweet bay (Magnolia virginiana) is a relative …

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    Don’t Commit Crape Murder

    Pruning is one of the most controversial aspects of maintaining crapemyrtle. Traditionally, many crapemyrtles are routinely topped, leaving large branch and stem stubs. This practice has been called “crape murder” because of the potential impacts on the crapemyrtle health and structural integrity. Topping is the drastic removal of large-diameter wood (typically several years old), with the end …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/02/05/dont-commit-crape-murder/

    A Ghost in the Woods

    Imagine you are enjoying perfect fall weather on a hike with your family, when suddenly you come upon a ghost. Translucent white, small and creeping out of the ground behind a tree, you stop and look closer to figure out what it is you’ve just seen. In such an environment, the “ghost” you might come …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/01/25/a-ghost-in-the-woods/

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