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Do all tuliptrees (Liriodendron tulipifera) flower?
Do all tulip trees flower? We planted a baby one about 5 years ago and its grown considerably however it has never flowered. Is that normal? Thank you!
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Medway, MA
Pruning tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Thank you for your answer regarding when my tulip tree will flower. I also understand it can/will grow to over 100 feet so should we be pruning it a certain way to keep it contained? thank you
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Natick, MA
Will a gift of bluebonnet seeds grow in Massachusetts?
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Blackstone, MA
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Grafton, MA
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Marlborough, MA
What eats American holly bushes in winter?
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Marlborough, MA
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Attleboro, MA
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Stoughton, MA
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Newton, MA
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I've recently visited the national registry of threatened or endangered plants for my Massachusetts home, with a hope of : 1. Identifying rare, threatened or endangered species in my state. 2. fi...
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Newton, MA
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I want to put in a native low-maintenance hedge in a sunny spot with plants that can take dry soil. I would like the plants to grow to less than 4 feet wide. It can be an informal hedge, but I don't ...
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Newton, MA
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Millbury, MA
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I have a plant that I think is called a Brookmania or Bookmania. It has beautiful purple flowers with white centers and darker leaves. I cannot find any info on this flower.
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Belmont, MA
Identification of all-white small plants growing in the woods in Belmont, MA.
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Worcester, MA
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