Some Tree Questions

  I had a mimosa tree (Albizzia julibrissin) whose roots were invading a sewer line. I have taken the tree down to the stump. What is the best way of killing the roots? Is it better to remove th...

Rare Dawn Redwood and other Exotic Trees

Fall is the best time of year to plant trees. The ground is still warm from the summer, stimulating roots to grow even as top growth (shoots and leaves) comes to a halt. In fact, most root growth of ...

White Birch

I have two white birch trees in the front yard that are about 15 years old. The trees have a small cylinder-shaped brown pod that sheds and disintegrates all over the yard. This is the first year I c...

Manageable Trees

Q: I’d like to plant a nice green, shady tree, not too tall nor wide. It would have full sun but no sprinklers and you could hang lights on it during holidays. I have done research in a number ...

Halloween Horrors of Tree Planting

Since trees should be planted in the fall, and since fall coincides with Halloween, I thought it might be appropriate to mention some of the horrors brought on by incorrect tree planting decisions an...
Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig'

Janet Craig, queen of indoor plants

Does anyone out there know Janet Craig?  She is undoubtedly a woman of distinction. Dracaena deremensis  ‘Janet Craig,’ named in her honor, was introduced to the nursery trade scarcely mo...

Abundant Harvests from Mountain Tops

Psalm 72 foretells the Messianic age, when heretofore imaginary phenomena – such as universal peace and prosperity – will become real, replacing the strife and poverty the world has known...

Coral Trees

The coral is the official tree of the city of Los Angeles, perhaps because – like the fame and fortunes found here – it grows quickly but is often short-lived. The coral tree’s root...

How to Select and Plant a Tree

Since trees should be planted in the fall, and since fall coincides with Halloween, I thought it might be appropriate to mention some of the horrors brought on by incorrect tree planting decisions an...

Carob Trees and Vegetable Gardens

Walking under a carob tree the other evening, I smelled a strong scent of chlorine bleach. This unusual fragrance is emitted by carob flowers when the nights turn cool.   In the San Fernando Val...