Impact of Mild Winter on Flowering Trees

Unfortunately, the prophesy we made at the end of 2015 regarding potential damage to the springtime flowers on Magnolia trees and Crab Apples has come true.

Star Magnolia

Star Magnolia

Saucer Magnolia

Saucer Magnolia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see in the two photos that we took just yesterday, the browning of flowers on the Star and Saucer Magnolias has begun. Many of these trees will exhibit these symptoms with damage ranging anywhere from minor to severe depending on their proximity to your house. Between the abnormally warm winter, which ‘tricked’ the flowering trees into producing flower buds early, and now the cold spring winds that have occurred after the flower buds began to swell, these trees didn’t have much of a chance this year. We do not know what the effects will be on the Crab Apples as of yet but, if the floral display seems damaged, you will know why.

Fungicide spray applications for Crab Apples are coming up soon.  Remember, it isn’t time to spray for Apple Scab Disease just yet. We do not automatically spray at first bud break which many homeowners believe to be the proper time. Trust that we know when is the best time to apply these treatments. We are certain you will be happy with the results!  

White Snakeroot – NEW INVASIVE ‘WEED’

‘White Snakeroot’ is a highly invasive plant seemingly new to our area. BE ON THE LOOKOUT! The Arboretum said they have a lot of samples coming in to be identified, and it seems to be spreading rapidly. It will take over a property if left unchecked!

White snakeroot is an erect, branched plant usually about 3 feet tall but varying from 1 to 5 feet. It has slender, round stems and branches bearing pointed, oval, oppositely placed leaves. These leaves are 3 to 5 inches long and are sharply toothed on the margins resembling the ‘teeth’ on a saw. Each leaf has 3 main veins that show prominently on the underside. The roots are fibrous, coarse, and shallow. Google the plant for close up photos if you are in doubt.

Eradication of white snakeroot is not easy. Chemical weed-killers cannot be used satisfactorily because they endanger trees and other plants. The best way to reduce the number of the plants is to pull them out by the roots and dispose of them. The best time to do this is in September, when the plants are more easily identified by their white blossoms. If the plants are pulled after a hard rain while the ground is soft, the shallow roots come out more easily. If they don’t, you will need the help of a shovel to loosen the soil as you pull.