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What kind of Oak?

Dear Sir: 1) This tree was purchased from a regional landscaper in the fall of 2013. It was either a 6 to 8 or a 8 to 10 foot tree when purchased and planted, there were no leaves on it at the time and it was supposed to be a Red Oak (Species), when the leaves came in at the following spring, it most definitely was not a Red Oak. All the landscaper could tell us was it was a member of the Red Oak group, so instead of having it replaced, we took it at cost, since it was doing well. 2) Two or three years after it was planted, we did see an acorn on it, so we know it is an oak. That was the only acorn ever spotted on it. One of my neighbors had a Pin Oak that was planted about 20 years ago at the time, which was about 50 yards upwind from our Oak, and has since been cut down. Otherwise the nearest Oak Trees are probably between a ¼ mile and a ½ mile downwind from my tree, and Oaks are few and far between, where I live. 3) In 2017 or 2018 the majority of the self-sown trees on my property needed pruning, so I got bids from 5 companies who use certified arborists. I asked all the arborists, while they were here, if they could identify this tree, the most priming I gave any of them was that an acorn had been seen on it, therefore it had to be an oak of some sort. None were able to identify it beyond saying it was a member of the Red Oak group. 4) Then I tried my hand at identifying the tree, and decided it must be a Shingle Oak (Quercus imbricaria). I live right on the eastern edge of its range, or just beyond. This ID stood up until this year when by chance I learned about both the Lea Oak (Quercus x leana, Named Hybrid?), and the Sawtooth Oak (Quercus accutisima), if the information I saw on the Sawtooth Oak was typical, it is definitely not a Sawtooth Oak. Several more facts about this tree, currently it is approximately 30 feet tall, my backyard was a Black Locust grove when house was built, 30 years ago. I mention this fact since Black Locust are nitrogen fixing trees, and I probably still have at least 10 to 15 in my back yard, approximately a ½ acre. The tree was planted by the landscape company that sold it to me, and the soil is probably clay beyond the root ball. The leaves I am calling Atypical on this tree, account for a maximum, of 5 to 10% of the leaves, in the attached photos, they are smaller than the typical leaves, however I’m not aware of this as a general rule. The variation in leaf shape is the first thing that made me question if this was a Shingle Oak. I have attached 7 photos to this E-Mail 1) A picture of the Tree’s Profile 2) A picture of the Tree’s Trunk 3A) A branchlet showing a number of typical leaves. 3B) Four leaves showing the most typical shapes 4A) Shows both Typical and Atypical Leaves 4B) Another picture showing bot Typical and Atypical leaves. 5) A picture showing some atypical leaves Thanks in Advance, Jim

Frederick County Virginia Posted 10 days ago

What is this?

Hi I have what looks to be a skinny white stem with a rubbery white flower shape on top. There are yellow tinticles inside. About 8 ins tall. They are growing under the deck steps. I live in the woods Maybe a type of mushroom.

King George County Virginia Posted 2 months ago

Plant ID

The second has fuchsia flowers in early spring that bees love. Also very nasty thorns. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Richard

Louisa County Virginia Posted 3 months ago

Plant ID

Last night I received a request for an ID of two plants. The first has strands of tiny white flowers, no fruit. The plant is about 90 years old. :-0. The second will be in another post. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Richard

Louisa County Virginia Posted 3 months ago

Pear tree leaf issue

Hello! Last year our old pear tree dropped its leaves in mid-June. While it still produced fruit, the fruit was smaller than usual. We noticed that the tree is having some brown spots appear, black areas, and some of the leaves have begun to drop (late May). From my internet search, I sense that it has a fungus. Is there anything that we can do besides collecting the leaves that fall to the ground and destroying them so the fungus does not spread? The leaves has just begun to fall and to be honest, we really do not want to have this tree with no leaves once again this summer. Thank you.

Harrisonburg Virginia Posted 4 months ago

Anthracnose?

Does this look like anthracnose or some other type of disease? It has been wet and cool for several days, windy as well. It started on our barberry bushes and is now affecting our boxwoods and the Japanese maple. Picture of maple uploaded. The barberry bushes are the most affected. Some have lost almost all their leaves. Should we cut the affected branches all the way back? The maple tree is newly planted. Is it necessary to remove the affected branches, or just be sure to remove leaves as they fall? I sprayed the affected plants with a copper fungicide. I also sprayed unaffected nearby plants with neem oil. What does this look like and what else should I be doing to control it? We just completely redid our flower beds so we have a lot of new plants.

Loudoun County Virginia Posted 5 months ago

mulch

which kind of mulch is the best for perennials?

Prince William County Virginia Posted 12 months ago

Hydrangea typing and care

Second attempt to have question addressed: We received a Hydrangea after the passing of my wife’s grandfather - 3 years ago - I planted it - and grows beautiful leaves every season but never blooms. I do not know how or when to prune - to ensure the best blooms and health of the plant - the pic I have sent has a red highlight - for growth at top of old stalk - blue at mid stalk - green seems to be new growth from the base. Can you advise on what type I have and when and how to prune

Virginia Posted over 1 year ago

Hydrangea- never blooms

Second attempt to have question addressed:

We received a Hydrangea after the passing of my wife’s grandfather - 3 years ago - I planted it - and grows beautiful leaves every season but never blooms. I do not know how or when to prune - to ensure the best blooms and health of the plant - the pic I have sent has a red highlight - for growth at top of old stalk - blue at mid stalk - green seems to be new growth from the base. Can you advise on what type I have and when and how to prune

Southampton County Virginia Posted over 1 year ago

heavily infested fruit tree

What is the proper way to apply horticultural oils to a heavily infested fruit tree? How do I apply the oils to the higher branches?

Prince William County Virginia Posted over 1 year ago