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    Is this Scarlet Oak Ligonier PA
    Dear BrnfaapGH_GB, good morning. I can't tell you which species you have photographed with any certainty. Oaks require a lot of information to positively identify, including an understanding of the variation of sun and shade leaves and the winter buds (which are really crucial). I wish I could help. The only thing I can write to you is that you are in the black oak group (which includes scarlet oak). Best wishes. (Wednesday, 25 November 2020)
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    Could you help me identify this landscape plant find ln Boise ID?
    Dear Carol, good morning. There is no image associated with your question. Without one, I won't be able to assist you. If you are having trouble uploading images, feel free to attach them to an email and send them to and I will do my best to assist. (Thursday, 19 November 2020)
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    Hello there, I am hoping that it is possible to ID this Violet. I would also like to know if it is native. Thank you, SueLB
    Dear SueLB, Good afternoon. The violet you have photographed looks like common forms of Viola xbissellii that I see. This is the hybrid of Viola cucullata and V. sororia (in the broad sense). Yes, it is native (a product of two native violets). It characteristically has the large white corolla with a blue-lined interior. Best wishes. (Tuesday, 17 November 2020)

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