Posted: May 6, 2017 at 1:52 a.m.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette How to grow Illustration

Q My 3-year-old gardenia bush has turned black. Most of the leaves are black with a velvety feel. The black can be scraped off, and the leaf looks normal underneath. Is this winter damage or blight? Is there anything I should do about it?

Fringe tree, Chionanthus virginicus, can be grown as a shrub or a small tree.

The native mayapple is a spring ephemeral.

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