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The Dogwood is of course an Atlanta classic and something any landscape should include. The Stellar (pink) is a trademarked hybrid breed that is very hardy and extremely showy. The Chinese (white) is more disease resistant and cold hardy than the American counterpart and it blooms a little later but lasts longer than other white dogwoods. Size Stellar about [...]

Dogwood Myth

An old and beautiful legend has it that, at the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood was comparable in size to the oak tree and other monarchs of the forest. Because of its firmness and strength it was selected as the timber for the cross, but to be put to such a cruel use greatly distressed the tree. Sensing this, [...]

Tulip Poplar

The tulip poplar tree is a flowering tree, you'll leave for work one day in the spring and you'll notice 3-4 flowers on your tree…then come home that same day and the whole tree will have blossomed.  The tulip looking flowers give you a delightful fragrance of nectar that you'll enjoy all spring long. This nectar even attracts birds – [...]

Root Rot

Root rot  is a common problem with Atlanta trees and may only become evident when the tree falls during a storm. However, one surface indicator of root rot is the presence of mushrooms around the base of the tree. The presence of the mushrooms do not mean the end of the tree but it does mean the presence of decay and [...]

Fall is a Great Time to Mulch

"I know we're supposed to do something to our trees in the fall, but what?" Tree owners often feel compelled to spray, prune or apply something to their trees and landscape plants on a regular basis.  But, unless there is a specific reason to spray, prune or apply things to landscape trees, the best thing to "do" to keep your [...]

Oak Tree Diseases

A serious threat to oak trees is the fungus Ceratocystis fagacearum, which causes Oak Wilt, a lethal disease to oaks, especially red oaks. Wood-boring beetles carry the spore of the fungus which actually causes Oak Wilt. Root Transmission may also be another way in which the tree is infested (by the underground root systems that often connect one oak tree with [...]