Trellis rust on Pear Tree

I have 2 pear trees that look nice in spring but suffer every summer and fall from trellis rust, an ugly fungus that apparently overwinters in Junipers. The city’s ornamental ‘Chanticleer’ pear first showed it and later my dwarf fruit…

A Fig Tree

I would appreciate an answer as to why, my fig tree becomes laden with figs in late august, and never gets to ripen, while waiting it gets cold and all the figs are frozen. This happens each year. Thank you…

Tree Options for Front Lawn

Good Evening, I am trying to decide on a tree for my front lawn and have narrowed it down to two, but am definitely open to other options. I live in the city of Toronto. The soil in my front…

Pruning an apple tree whip

Hello Master Gardeners, This past summer I posted a question on what to do with an apple tree seedling over its first winter because I wasn’t sure whether to bring it inside. I received a response saying I should plant…

Vimy Oak

We have been given a Vimy Oak – one of the small number of seedlings from grand-acorns (offspring) of oaks that used to cover Vimy Ridge in France. After the battle of Vimy Ridge (1917), a Canadian soldier gathered up…

Trimming Outdoor Cactus

We have an outdoor cactus of the Escobaria or Coryphantha and Opuntia variety (http://cwf-fcf.org/en/resources/encyclopedias/flora/cacti-of-canada.html) We have had this cactus for quite a few years, but it has now spread onto our patio. I want to keep the cactus, but I…

Eastern Redbud or other flowering tree?

Hello! I am on the landscaping committee for a condo in downtown Toronto, and the Board is looking into planting 2 – 3 ornamental trees as part of a rejuvenation project. They have considered flowering cherries to start, but I…

Catalpa Tree

Next door are several large Catalpa trees and every year they have these large pods that drop and sometimes hit people walking by. This year there are no pods. Why are there no pods?…

Fragrant sumac – autumn foliage

I planted a Fragrant Sumac this past spring and was hoping to see the foliage turn scarlet but its the Santa Claus parade and the leaves are still green! We are mid-town and it gets full sun.…