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Can you identify this black and white bug?

I have lived in Oregon all my life and never seen this kind of bug before, what is it? It's not very fast moving, this one wasn't anyway.

By Jean R. Natter | Featured Question

How can I get my clothes unsapped?

How do I get pine sap off of clothing?

By Francisca Belart, | Featured Question

What is up with this tree?

We had a viewer send in this photo of a tree in Cedar Canyon near Banks, Oregon. We posted this to the OPB/ Oregon Field Guide Facebook page and now I feel a responsibility to give folks an accurate ID of what is causing this strange formation atop the tree. Mistletoe? Witch's Broom? Something else?...

By Dave Shaw | Featured Question

Are there insect issues with birch trees?

Is it true that white paper birch in the Willamette Valley have been infested with insect like beetle? I wanted to plant one this spring and my yard maintenance service told me I should consider a different type due to the insect problem.

By Glenn Ahrens | Featured Question

Wild red asparagus, yum or yuck?

Found in numerous places in our garden. Is it poisonous? Would like some additional info. Understand that it is rare.

By Amy Jo Detweiler | Featured Question

How can I save my Aspen?

Can you help me save my Aspen tree? The lower branches turned black which I cut off. Holes in trunk at ground level. Gouges/Scratches at approx 6' above ground level.

By Nicole Strong | Featured Question

Is my tree truly dead?

We have a cedar that has lost its needles. Drought or something else? Should it be taken down?

By Amy Grotta | Featured Question

Shade tree wanted, what, when and how should I plant?

Hello, I live in Bend and have a south-facing back yard that really heats up in the sun. I'd like to plant a tree that will provide a canopy of shade and prefer deciduous for this purpose. Can you suggest one or more that will do well here?  

By Amy Jo Detweiler, Susan Preston | Featured Question

May I throw rocks at my husband to save our tree?

I have a golden chain tree which has done really well and been healthy since I planted it several years ago. Last year my husband started bringing large white rocks home from his job in the woods. He placed a large amount of these rocks around the base of the tree. It seems that the tree has not...

By Jay Pscheidt | Featured Question

Tree hollow, cement it or drain it?

I have what I believe is a Kirk Walnut in my yard. It has a large hollow that is gathering water. I'm worried that this watery situation will rot the heart of the tree. I'd love to preserve this historic beauty. It doesn't look like it could be cut off so water doesn't collect in there. Someone...

By Jay Pscheidt | Featured Question