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There's nothing like budding branches to set your heart aflutter. But if the spring planting season finds you shopping for a new tree for the yard, beware: it's going to cost you. The housing boom, recent rough weather, insect infestations and new demand for native trees make finding that perfect specimen harder--and more expensive-- than ever. Today a typical residential tree has a diameter of 5 in. to 6 in. and costs anywhere from $1,200 to $2,500. That's a whole lot more than the $300 to $600 homeowners paid for the 2-in. to 3-in. varieties popular in the 1990s. "People don't...

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