Everyone loves big, veteran trees. They have a certain distinction and royalty in our forests and landscapes. The first question asked is, “I wonder how old that tree is?” Determination of the actual age of a standing, tree is difficult. There are many methods and techniques. Some are fairly accurate and many are just good guesses.
A group of samples of several varieties of blue holly (Ilex x meservae) arrived in the lab from a commercial nursery in late January with a common problem, yellowing and rapidly dropping leaves and general poor growth (Fig. 1). After ruling out disease and insects on the foliage we next checked the root systems. After[Read More…]
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