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Top 10 Trees Found Across NC Yards

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Updated on: May 17, 2022

Our state is covered in beautiful trees. In our years of service to those trees, we've seen many, many kinds. But some trees are seen more often than others in residential yards.

If you've ever wondered what trees are most common throughout the Piedmont, Triad, and Coastal yards of NC, we have the list for you!

Keep Your Azaleas Happy & Healthy

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Azaleas are in full bloom and a real treat in our southern landscapes. These vibrant shrubs soften the edges of our urban environment and provide incredible color during the spring.

Azaleas are known to be hardy plants but only bloom for a short period of time. While they're in bloom, make sure they are protected from pests.

A primary threat to these beautiful blooms is the lace bug. In this post, we'll share how to spot lace bugs and recommendations on how to treat for this pest. 

Do Your Maples Look Gloomy?

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The maple tree is a beautiful and sturdy tree find across North Carolina. If your maples are looking a little less than spectacular, it is likely caused by an insect called Gloomy Scale.  Below we'll share how to spot Gloomy scale and how to treat your maples if they are showing signs of this scale.

Gloomy Scale is an armored “scale insect” that attaches itself to the bark and sucks out nutrients, water, and sugars from the tree. In heavy infestations the tree will suffer from a lack of nutrition. This is how Gloomy Scale shows up on trees: discolored leaves, cracking of the bark, weak and improper growth patterns and branch dieback. In many cases we've seen across Charlotte, Concord, Greensboro, and Raleigh, NC trees end up dying if left untreated. 

Browning Leyland Cypress found in Waxhaw, NC

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Leyland cypress trees are a great landscape addition, and very popular throughout North Carolina. Certified Arborist, Rick Pearce who covers the Greensboro and Raleigh area says, "leyland cypress trees make a beautiful addition to any home, if properly cared for." It's our hope your leyland cypress' stay vibrant and green all year long.

However, the recent wet weather months can leave leyland trees susceptible to disease if not properly treated. We've recently spotted leyland's in Waxhaw, NC showing signs of distress. Below are some common symptoms we see when leyland cypress are experiencing distress: The symptoms we've seen

  1. Needles appear to be browning. The number one sign we see on leyland cypress experiencing stress is the browning of needles. Brown needles is a stress response from the tree. If you're seeing brown needles on your leyland cypress we recommend a certified arborist takes a look at what is going on. 
  2. Needles have noticeably fallen off in spots on tree. A second stress response we see among leyland cypress is bare spots where needles once were. 
  3. Tree seems to have a withered look. Any tree that looks withered could be experiencing too much water or too little water. A withered look to a tree could indicate the soil to water ratio balance is off. 
  4. Other leyland cypress appear to be green and only 1 or 2 are showing signs of decline. If all of your leyland cypress are showing signs of stress too much water or too little water could be the issue. If only 1 or 2 of your leylands are showing stress, a pest attack could be the culprit. 

green Leyland Cypress needles

Sighted in Midland, NC: Dying Arborvitae

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Earlier this week, we headed out to a home in Midland, NC to assess some tree damage from Hurricane Michael. The homeowner had noticed that her arborvitae, which is typically a hardy evergreen, was quickly gaining brown leaves. Sure enough, signs of tree decay were clearly visible across her landscape. How did we know there was tree decay? Tree decay was evident based on the browning of the needles that the once very green evergreens were showing. Given how quickly this condition can kill an arborvitae, the trees required the immediate attention of our plant health care technician. If your evergreens are showing brown needles throughout the tree and/or missing needles, it’s time to take action.

How To Winterize Willow Oak Trees in 4 Easy Steps

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As cold temperatures continue to plummet, keeping trees strong throughout the winter season is a main concern for many. Winterizing your Carolina landscapes during winter months’ support plants and trees and overall landscape well-being for seasons to come. One tree often examined by Carolina Tree Care certified arborists in Charlotte, NC are Willow Oaks.

Are You Committing Crape Murder?

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Crape myrtle trees are a beautiful and very common tree in Charlotte, NC that are also known for the pruning that is required to maintain their beauty. Crape myrtle trees are known to easily split if not pruned properly. The overall goal of pruning the crape myrtles is to shape the overall look of the tree, produce strong branches and showcase the smooth multi-toned bark.

However, many individuals commit “crape murder” sometimes without even knowing they’re doing so. Cutting the branches back to thin stubs becomes detrimental to the health of the tree.

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