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When Should I Prune My Fruit Trees?

Every winter season in the Florida Panhandle is different. It can be wet or dry, frigid cold or unseasonably warm. We may have early frosts and early springs, or cold snaps in late march after fruit trees flower. While we cannot determine the exact time to prune the dooryard fruit trees in our rather variable …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2018/01/04/when-should-i-prune-my-fruit-trees/

Battling Scab in Panhandle Pecan Trees

Pecan tree grove in North Florida. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright. Pecans are grown throughout the Panhandle of Florida. The western side of the Panhandle tends to be acreage dedicated to home gardeners, while the eastern counties have more commercial acreage. Regardless, many in the agriculture community are interested in pecans, because they either grow them …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/09/22/battling-scab-in-panhandle-pecan-trees/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/09/08/arborists-help-maintain-healthy-trees/

Struggling to Grow Fruit Trees? Try These Lesser Known Florida-Friendly Edible Options!

Northwest Floridians are lucky.  We get to bask in the warm sunshine at least eight months of the year, consider it cold weather when we have to break out the fleece pullover and none of us live more than a few hours’ drive to the whitest sand you ever saw.  However, those conditions have consequences.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/25/struggling-to-grow-fruit-trees-try-these-lesser-known-florida-friendly-edible-options/

Tung Trees – Historic Crop; Toxic Legacy

The bright blossoms of the tung oil tree come from the center of new growth. Photo by Jed Dillard The highway from Monticello to Tallahassee (US 90) is famous for its summer blooming crape myrtle trees donated by nurseryman Fred Mahan. This month, there’s another historic tree flowering along that highway, as well as in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/03/28/tung-trees-historic-crop-toxic-legacy/

How Dead Trees Benefit Wildlife

This dead oak tree was trimmed up to make it neater. It is ready for a wildlife resident!   Photo: JMcConnell, UF/IFAS One of the management issues that any landowner will face at some point is what to do when a tree dies in the landscape.  The logical response is “cut it down,” but depending …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/01/13/how-dead-trees-benefit-wildlife/

Trees with Winter Appeal

From about mid November or December to March, deciduous trees have little to no foliage making us more aware of their shapes, forms and barks. Here are a few trees to consider for adding winter appeal to your landscape. Gary Knox, UF/IFAS Horticulturist, describes the crapemyrtle’s winter interest perfectly in his publication, “Crapemyrtle in Florida.” …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/12/09/trees-with-winter-appeal/

Planting Trees Correctly

Photo Credit: Blake Thaxton Often in Extension we are asked to look at unhealthy plants in the landscape.  We see every problem under the sun.  Whether it is diseases, insects, or cultural problems we run into them all.  One problem that seems to be a trend, when clients show us a declining tree, is signs …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/11/25/planting-trees-correctly/

The Majestic Longleaf: One of the South’s Distinguished Trees

Longleaf pine’s desirable characteristics have motivated restoration efforts on timber-lands, agricultural lands, private lands, and public lands. Photo by Judy Ludlow Steeped in history, the majestic longleaf (Pinus palustris) is an economically and ecologically important tree species of the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains. Its species name “palustris” means “of the marsh,” and although it …

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The Majestic Longleaf: One of the South’s Distinguished Trees

Longleaf pine’s desirable characteristics have motivated restoration efforts on timber-lands, agricultural lands, private lands, and public lands. Photo by Judy Ludlow Steeped in history, the majestic longleaf (Pinus palustris) is an economically and ecologically important tree species of the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains. Its species name “palustris” means “of the marsh,” and although it …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/10/the-majestic-longleaf-one-of-the-souths-distinguished-trees/

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