You may be noticing a swarm of caterpillars defoliating your oak trees late in the summer and early fall. These may be Variable oakleaf caterpillars (Heterocampa manteo). Outbreak years can effect tree growth and vigor but does not usually cause … Continue reading
This is a photo of the Champion tree of this species in Georgia. It has been called the Angelica tree and grows in the southeastern U.S.. It is small, deciduous, and bipinnate often with multiple stems. The bark is covered … Continue reading
By Thomas Paine (1775) In a chariot of light from the regions of day, The Goddess of Liberty came; Ten thousand celestials directed the way, And hither conducted the dame. A fair budding branch from the gardens above, Where millions … Continue reading
PAAM Conference Thurs. & Fri., Jan. 25-26, 2018 Raymond, MS Block off dates on your 2018 calendar for the Annual Meeting of the Professional Arborist Association of Mississippi Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond, MS $125 early bird registration before … Continue reading
In this new book, David George Haskell distinguishes trees by their sounds, especially when it rains. Trees make different sounds depending on their leaves’ shapes and sizes. Every species has its own song. Haskell says he has trained his ears … Continue reading
When to prune: A general rule is that the dormant season is the best time of year to prune. Growth is maximized and defects are easier to see on deciduous trees if live-branch pruning is done in the winter or … Continue reading
By John D. Kushla Professor & Extension Forestry Specialist Spring is a great time of year to identify trees as they flower. Phenology is the study of cyclical patterns in plants and animals. Trees emerge from dormancy in a pattern … Continue reading
This is a common Southern species of oak. It grows in poor soil and is resistant to fire, drought, and rot. Its leaves have a cross-like shape; hence, its Latin name. It can be called the cemetery tree because, as seen in this picture, it often has a spooky form that makes it stand out from other species. What is this tree?
See extension.msstate.edu/publications for a new Extension publication on urban wood utilization. We should have more of this in the South.
The ISA Southern Chapter 75th annual meeting in Myrtle Beach, SC was great this year. Tree climbing, student presentations, exhibitors, machinery, speakers, and partying. Be sure to attend Memphis next year!