They Get Bigger Than You Think

Woody plants are indeterminate growers, i..e., they do not stop growing, unless dormant, until they die. The garden center lables really, if ever, suggest as much, instead listing a size (height and often width), and using the term mature, that most people interpret as being a maximum. NOT! The specimen is in the photo is a spectacular (12 x 30) weeping cherry about fifty-years-old (notice my daughter in the lower left). Unfortunately, people often plant this species, as well as many other woody species, too close to a building or passage way making it impossible for the specimen to have the space to attain this older age magnificence.

Rant of the Month

Unfortunately, most people know little about gardening and environmental issues including many "professionals" employed to choose, install and maintain plants and design landscapes. This page highlights specific issues with commentary on remedy or recommendation for course of action. Examples are numerous and easy to find -- rarely requiring me to travel far from home.  Hopefully, these postings will make the task of finding examples more difficult.  I will occasionally also post outstanding and approved examples in an effort to educate.

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