I need some help identifying the kind of tree outside my house planted
by the city several years ago.
More importantly I'd like to know what those ugly "red spikes" on some
of the leaves are. Are they mite galls? If so, how to get rid of them?
About 20% of the leaves have these spikes.
Here are some pictures I just took today:
It's a lime (linden, basswood). I don't recognise the species, but from
the white underside to the leaf (and it not looking like Tilia
tomentosa) I'd guess at one of the forms of Tilia americana var
heterophylla. The third "white" lime is Tilia oliveri.
The "spikes" are nail galls. According to the RHS (Royal Horticultural
Society, UK) you can't get rid of them, but they're harmless and should
Eriophyid mites, my hort instructor said they were named by someone
who hated vowells. Nothing to be done about them, no harm to the tree.
Now you have a scrabble word guaranteed to elicit a challange.
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