Tree/Shrub identification – Plant ID

I live in downtown Toronto. I have an unknown tree in the garden that has serrated leaves & small cone-shaped white flowers in the spring. I’m attaching a photo. My garden faces west but is shaded in late afternoon by…

Rose Glow Barberry

Hi, I live in Toronto (west end near Dundas and Dufferin). I have a 2 x 4 space in my garden that gets full sun (mostly afternoon). I just planted a Rose Glow Barberry (Berberis thunbergii). Beside it are a…

Advice on planting for full sun

Dear Master Gardner, My backyard has intense western sun, especially in the afternoon. I’m wondering what trees/shrubs are hardy enough to withstand afternoon sun. The soil may have fungus so the ideal tree/shrub should be hardy enough to tolerate these…

Japanese maple wilt

I have several Katsura Japanese maples, some of which I rooted and the mother plant. All the smaller rooted ones wilted off and died and now I notice the leaves on the mother plant are also blackening off, shriveling etc.…

Is my smoke tree dying?

Last year my smoke tree looked beautiful and full but this year it’s very bare. Do you think it’s dying?…

Japanese Maple is not blooming

Dear Master Gardener It’s now May 21 and my Japanese Maple hasn’t bloomed (but they have bloomed around our neighborhood.) I know we had a longer, cooler wet spring and a late spring freeze, so I’m unsure if that’s a…

Viburnum Mohican “pests”

I have two mature viburnum bushes in my backyard and every year the leaves are being eaten by small grey-ish insects (a bit smaller than a maggot) and the leaves are turned into “skeletons”. I have done some research and…

Boxwood failure

I am in north oakville with a front garden question that faces East (gets morning sun). I planted boxwoods around a concrete porch 2 years ago in newly provided good soil. They gradually keep dying off one by one and…