In this Issue:
  • Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
  • He’s Bored, But He Didn’t Kill Your Tree
  • Mysterious Growths on Bald Cypress
  • An Easily Preventable Tree Planting Problem
  • Fig Leaves Dropping Early?
  • Hurricane Preparation in the Landscape
  • Arborists Help Maintain Healthy Trees
  • My Tree Has Tumors
  • Bark Stripping Squirrels
  • Put Some Thought into Tree Placement
  • Trees

    Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly

    Photo by Sydney Park Brown UF/IFAS Holly has been considered sacred in some cultures because it remained green and strong with brightly colored red berries no matter how harsh the winter, even when most other plants would wilt and die. According to Druid lore, hanging the plant in homes would bring good luck and protection. …

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    He’s Bored, But He Didn’t Kill Your Tree

    Sometimes you don’t realize a tree is dying until it is dead.  A few weeks ago, we got a call from a client who said he had insects killing his trees.  Before having someone drive out to the property, our Master Gardener volunteer recommended that the client bring in some of the insects for us …

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    Mysterious Growths on Bald Cypress

    Bald cypress Taxodium distichum is a native tree that is commonly planted in landscapes because it is adaptable to many sites and grows quickly. It is an interesting tree because it has soft flat leaves that fall off in the winter like other deciduous shade trees; however, it belongs to the Cypress family which consists …

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    An Easily Preventable Tree Planting Problem

    Trees are a landscape asset for many homeowners. When a new tree is installed in our landscapes, we can’t wait for it to mature to provide shade or landscape interest.  The heartbreak for many homeowners comes when this important part of their landscape, begins to decline five to ten years after establishment.  We often consider a …

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    Fig Leaves Dropping Early?

    Hopefully, by this time of year, most north Florida gardeners have harvested their figs and are enjoying fig preserves or fig bars. But if you’ve noticed your fig leaves dropping a little early, it may be a sign of the fungal disease Fig Rust (Cerotelium fici). Figs are a great fruit tree for the north …

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    Hurricane Preparation in the Landscape

    Well, it is the peak of hurricane season (June 1-November 30), and this one is proving to be no joke. After having all summer to heat up, Gulf and Atlantic water temperatures peak in late August-mid September, feeding storms’ strength. Legendary hurricanes like Harvey, Katrina, and Andrew all made landfall during this time of year. …

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    Arborists Help Maintain Healthy Trees

    Trees are a valuable resource. They add beauty to our community, serve as food and shelter for animals, filter the air, and cool urban environments. Trees can also be a liability when poorly maintained, damaged, or diseased. There are often times when an arborist is needed to help determine the best course of action for the …

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    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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    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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