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Posted 15 hours ago by Susan Ward to laricina

Is the Tamarack black walnut tolerant?

Posted 2 days ago by Laura to Silver Mist

Could you tell me what this tops out at? (height and width)?

Posted 2 days ago by Molly G to Baby Blue Eyes

Looking for (well, thought I was...) a dwarf size silver conifer as part of a long-range landscape plan for an open area in front of a very large, wood sided garage as a backdrop. Fell in love with photos of Baby Blue Eyes and it seems to check off all my new, but limited knowledge, of what kind of…

Posted 5 days ago by Aileen to Skylands

Hoping that is it. It is planted in full sun. But in general the tree does not look healthy. The cones at the top are brown. I have another one in the front of the house that looks okay. Very sad finding it looking this way as we are finally getting some relief from the heat. Thanks for your…

Posted 5 days ago by David Olszyk to Skylands

Hello Aileen ... 'Skylands' is notorious and infamous for sun scorch, burning badly until they are about 10 years old or so. It's 99% likely that's what's going on.

Posted 5 days ago by Jane Hunter to edulis

Why is the elevation so important? Is it the temp quoted at that elevation or the temp for the region, when they say 80F is that at the elevation or at lower urban level? Does the elevations impact on the composition of the air impact their growth? If the temperature ranges and terrain is the same…

Posted 5 days ago by Aileen to Skylands

Can you help identify a problem with my 4-year old 'Skylands' spruce? Needles all over are turning brown. Research suggested cankers, mites, rust, or needle cast but further help with diagnostics has been elusive. Are there photos of these disease processes available somewhere? The tree appeared…

Posted 5 days ago by David Olszyk to Radicans

root systems on trees spread to the outer limits of the drip line +10% ... People normally don't plant trees close to their leach fields.

Posted 5 days ago by David Olszyk to massoniana

Hello Linda, the official mission of the American Conifer Society is to promote their use in gardens / landscapes, and their preservation in nature. We officially take NO POSITION in their use in the human diet.

Posted 6 days ago by David to Radicans

I have a gravity septic system with a leach field and am concerned with the root system. I have read that cypress trees are dangerous near leach fields. What is the recommendation for planting near the field? What is the root spread distance for this tree at maturity?

Posted 6 days ago by Linda to massoniana

Hi I was wanting to know is this type of pine safe to drink as a tea and has it got the same benefits as Pinus strobus (white pine).

Posted 6 days ago by David Olszyk to Green Arrow

they generally don't need pruning. 'Green Arrow' assumes this form without any external influence. .

Posted 6 days ago by Denise Acquista to 2022 Central Region Conference and Conifer College

Where is the conference being held?

Posted 6 days ago by Shelley Flynn to Green Arrow

Can you recommend a resource to help me keep it properly pruned?

Posted 6 days ago by David Olszyk to Green Arrow

its root system can be described as fibrous and adventitious. The ability of conifers to significantly effect a foundation is dependent on how much water and nutrients might be around it.

Posted 6 days ago by Shelley Flynn to Green Arrow

Lovely tree. I am wondering about it's root structure ans how close it can be planted to a foundation.

Posted 6 days ago by David Olszyk to Thuja

you can try one of the deer sprays ... you can wrap the lower 4 to 5 feet with chicken wire ... you can have dogs frighten them away ... you can try planting something they prefer to eat ... All of these will have limited effect. Arborvitae are one of deer's preferred food sources.

Posted 6 days ago by David Olszyk to Thuja

arborvitae seems to be resistant to adelgids, but bagworms really like them.

Posted 6 days ago by Jeannine Bibeault to Thuja

Can "White Wooly Adelgids" infest an arborvitae?

Posted 6 days ago by Jeannine Bibeault to Thuja

What methods or what can I do to prevent deer from eating my arborvitae? Thank you.

Posted 8 days ago by David Olszyk to Smaragd

Hi Robin ... these are considered to be mature at 6 to 8 feet tall and 1-quarter as wide. Ultimate height is 30 to 40 feet tall and still 1-quarter as wide.

Posted 8 days ago by David Olszyk to Fat Albert

Colorado spruce will not live for more than a couple of years in Florida. It absolutely must have a semi-arid climate to survive long term. In areas that face high humidity, they all face an early demise from fungal plagues. The blue color is an adaptation to extreme cold in winter. If it doesn't…

Posted 8 days ago by Robin to Smaragd

what is the mature height and width on these?

Posted 8 days ago by Pearl Youth to Fat Albert

I seek evergreen like this to grow up to 20 ft in my home yard at central Florida I live by 30 min drive NE of Tampa. I don’t want dwarf tree. Prefer regular type that I trim the top after it reaches more than 20 ft tall to shade my home. I hate to rake leaves. I saw evergreen tree with blue…

Posted 9 days ago by David Olszyk to pungens

this species is evolved to thrive in semi-arid steppe environment. High humidity invites all sorts of fungal problems and lack of freezing in winter would be that plants will be deprived of their required winter dormancy. In general, spruce are a terrible choice for semi-tropical and tropical…

Posted 9 days ago by David Olszyk to libani

almost certainly not ... it does best in Mediterranean climate and does poorly in places with high humidity and excessive rainfall.

Posted 9 days ago by Pearl Youth to pungens

I am interested in buying normal 8 spruce blue evergreen trees to be planted around my home in Zephyrhills located at area 30 miles NE of Tampa, Florida. I prefer those that would grow more than 20 ft. like I saw one blue spruce tree of 15 ft in few blocks away from my home…can it be done???…

Posted 9 days ago by Muhamad Fadilah to libani

can i grow it in tropical climate zone?

Posted 10 days ago by David Olszyk to Blue Point

yes, but you'll know pretty quickly if your opinion of "partial" is insufficient. When grown in too low of light, the foliage will become quite sparse and the branching will become open and stretched as your plant searches for whatever sunlight it can find.

Posted 11 days ago by Mark Wood to Blue Point

Can the Blue Point Juniper tolerate partial sun?