Okame Cherry Tree

My wife and I would love to plant a Kwanzan in our front yard but I’m more concerned with the size of the tree at full maturity overtaking a lot of space. (our lot is 40′ wide) I’ve come across…

Small ornamental tree for city backyard

I want to plant a small ornamental tree in my back garden.  I live in Toronto (Leslieville) in a small semi-detached house, my back garden is 15ft wide and 40ft long facing west backing into a lane way.  My neighbor…

Redbud vs Forest Pansy

I like the look of a forest pansy but I have heard, largely anecdotally, that the Redbud grows slightly taller (30 feet vs 20 feet) and is more hardy. I live in central Toronto so conditions may be better than…

Leaves on Garden in Spring

I listened to a gardening program that suggested leaving leaves on the garden in the fall. I have a layer of oak leaves covering most of the garden, with heavy layers near sensitive plants (rhododendron). My garden gets medium sun.…

Growth on Smoke Tree – Help

I have a smoke tree in my small back yard. It’s about 20 years old. This spring I notice many black growths on branches (see picture). The tree is in a corner that is shaded, although the tree stretches up…

Privacy Tree

I am looking for a privacy tree, not cedar or evergreen, needed to block neighbours backing onto property. Their lot is higher than ours due to retaining wall. We have installed a black-brown horizontal slat wood fence. I would like…

Brown and losing needles Hinoki cedar

We planted 3 Hinoki cedars two springs ago. They have all now lost so many needles mostly on the inner branches they are almost bare to the tips. They face West. We have an irrigation system that waters every three…

Pruning a Double Kerria

We planted a double kerria in July 2017. This year I notice a circle of new growth about 20 centimeters from the original clump. Should I remove this new growth and the suckers supporting it and if so, how do…

Northern Lights Azalea Hybrids Caterpillar Pest

I have a number of evergreen azaleas, deciduous azaleas and rhododendrons growing in our front and back yards. The deciduous azaleas, especially my Northern Hi-Light, are all troubled by a green caterpillar which eats the leaves and flowers. The damage…