Photos by EILEEN WARD

  • When allowed to grow naturally, oleander will form a dense clump but can be trimmed to a single large truck turning it into a small tree.
  • A baby alligator in swale at an inland Marco condominium.
  • One of the earliest and most easily recognizable symptoms of this disease is the fungal conk on the lower portion of the trunk near the soil lane.
  • The mealybug releases substances that injure or kill the plant causing sooty mold. An infestation includes deformed leaves and shoots, unopened, bunched leaves, white cottony mass on buds, stems, fruit and roots, unopened or shriveled flowers or deformed fruit.
  • Although no tree can be guaranteed to stand up to hurricane-force winds, palms tend to flex with the wind rather than snap. This queen palm has a permanent bend from last year's hurricane winds.
  • This plant may be suffering from a lack of magnesium. When that is the case, there usually is yellowing that begins on the margin and near the center of old leaf and progresses inward and downward.
  • The ixora came from Asia and Hawaii.
  • The bougainvillea was imported to Southwest Florida from Brazil.
  • Ganoderma butt rot starts as small white lumps and quickly matures into brown woody brackets up to a foot wide.

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