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How many leaves on a tree?

Many think about leaves in the fall, but what about spring when trees come out of dormancy and have to bud out all those leaves. As for the number, I have seen estimates as high as 7 million and as low as 20K for a mature tree. My guess it is probably around 200K on a large mature tree.  Do you know a good source to measure the number of leaves.  My favorite was from Georgia Gardner Walter Reeves for the simplicity. Below are some sources. Do you have a better source? The photograph is from…

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Removal of burlap from B & B trees WHY??????

When planting B &B trees I have come across the instructions in reputable aboriculture books, etc. which recommend removing at least the top half of burlap from the ball.  I can not find the reason WHY.  Yes, I assume that it helps the roots get started into the surrounding soil more quickly than if the burlap was left on---BUT--I can find no research (including the ISA of which I am a member) that tells WHY or IF this is important.   Does anyone have experience that would inform me?  Thank…

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