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June 2006

Armillaria Root Rot

Culprit: Armillaria mellea (A generic catch all for many varieties of Armillaria) Armillaria is a common soil inhabiting fungus, commonly affecting Quercus, Prunus, Malus, Acer and Pinus. (Not limiting lists there are other genus’s also affected). Common occurrence of Armillaria can be found throughout hardwood and coniferous forests. It spreads …

Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

This tree has many common names: Tulip Magnolia, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar, or the Tuliptree. The Tuliptree, a member of the Magnoliaceae family, gets its name from the 2-2.5 inch long flowers they are similar to a tulip in shape. The leaves emerge bright green and are 3-8 inches across …

Miss Kim Lilac (Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’)

Of all the plants that bring memories of childhood for some the lilac is definitely one. Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’ is a variety of the Manchurian Lilac, native to China and Korea. This hardy (Zone 3) dense variety reaches 6 feet by 6 feet at maturity. The small leaves are …

Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)

The Oakleaf Hydrangea is a species of hydrangea native to the southeastern United States. The leaves loosely resemble those of the Red Oak tree (Quercus rubra), giving this plant has a distinctive texture. Hardy to Zone 5 this hydrangea is a thinly and irregularly branched upright growing shrub. At maturity …