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I’m considering planting a PVDM in my front yard. Water deeply three times the first week, and then twice a week for the next three weeks before slowly weaning it back to its regular watering schedule. Unfortunately, the Desert Museum Palo Verde is a poor choice for planting so close to the wall. VP. The should great w back nicely and as they blow, select 3 main branches (stems) to allow them grow into the new tree and prune the rest away. The fact that it lost its leaves points to some sort of stress. Its tiny leaves are cold and drought deciduous but, due to its blue-green color, it looks evergreen from a distance. If your tree is newly planted in that area, it will need irrigation until it becomes established, which can take 1 – 2 years. They are small and bright yellow and a tree can quickly be converted into a lovely yellow puff ball seemingly overnight. Four to six major stems usually sprout from the main trunk about 8 inches from the ground. It is likely caused by the shock of being transplanted and losing some of its roots. I just rescued one from the clearance aisle at a Big Box store. From your description, it appears that there are several issues. Because of the unusual weather and the fact that it isn’t flowering as usual, means that the two are probably connected. Noelle:Thank you very much for your advice. However, you mentioned in earlier comments that the tree should not be topped off. They may also be planted too deeply. I am thinking of planting a Desert Museum Palo Verde but keeping it as a big bush because of the location: the "bush" will be situated at a corner of the property, about 4 ft away from cement block walls and intended to distract people from the "ugly" look of the block walls. We watered it that night, Monday night and Tusday the leaves had turned yellow so I purchased a vitamin mixture for the water and watered it Tuesday night. It sounds like you can be having a problem with one of your trees being planted too deeply. Thank you again. It was sort of thin but already had some flowers when I bought it. The grub is rarely seen above ground. Next year, water 2X a month spring through fall and once a month in winter. I suppose our inclination may be to cut them to the ground in hopes they'll bounce back nicely and with their trunks fully intact, since even if the trees survive as they are I imagine they'll have large, permanent scars where they have been chewed away, which would of course not be our preference; however, we are totally new to Palo Verdes and relatively new to desert xeriscaping so we welcome whatever advice you may have to offer. I do not see any dead branches. Furthermore, it stresses the tree by removing foliage that it has to work hard to replace, it leaves the upper branches open to sunburn, 'topping' actually causes your tree to grow back faster and the new branches have a weak attachement which can cause them to break off easily…there are many more reasons not to top and you can find them at the following link Hardy palo verdes aren’t vulnerable to many pests. In Defense of Plants Book Coming February 2021. The fourth side is unrestricted. I just bought a home with a Palo Verde Tree in the Back yard. There is also some brown spots developing from the trunk outward toward some of the branches. I used to have a Palo Brea and it was very beautiful, but is sure did get some scratches from the thorns when I was not being careful. You can try to find a ‘standard’ ‘Desert Museum’ palo verde tree, which is one that has been trained with a single trunk. Palo Verde. According to the folks at Mountain States Wholesale Nursery, the Blue, Little Leaf, and Desert Museum Palo Verdes are hardy to 10 degrees F. However, they can suffer cold damage when temps reach into the teens. I hardly water them, they got a lot of rain water this past winter, and I now water them about every other week. Palo verdes have smooth, greenish bark that contains chlorophyll and conducts photosynthesis.Palo verdes are branch deciduous; they shed some of their branches during severe drought. It looks much better, but he did not put anything on the trunk where he cut the lower branches off. Some hybrid verities that were developed are thornless with larger blooms. I purchased a property that already had a lovely Palo Verde shading my patio. Then I noticed cracks developing in my garage floor that coinsided with the cracks in driveway. Thanks very much. Its average size is 30 feet wide and tall, so you want to plant it at least 10 feet away from a wall or your house. Desert Museum palo verde trees are a hybrid tree with three different palo verde trees as its parents. Bob Autrey. $184.22 per volwassene. Parkinsonia aculeata may be a spiny shrub or a small tree. Is there a specific time of the year to transplant? ⠀ You will enjoy your palo verde trees and I hope that your are able to keep the rodents at bay. In comparison to the other species, their trunks are a deeper green; they produce larger flowers, are thornless and grow very quickly in the desert. What can I do to ensure it survives? I’ve never seen them grown in pots before and would advise against it. We planted it in early Feb. We have been watering it once or more a week until it is established, but now the leaves are going yellow, & we think it's gotten too much water. So, the browning trunk does indicate some problems. The crowns are ordinarily 12 to 18 feet wide, depending on the variety. Thanks, Hi! The yard was a mess and the local gardener came and pulled out most of the plants and trimmed several branches from the tree. I'm in usda zone 10b. In essence, the entire body of a palo verde is capable of performing photosynthesis. However, the reason that they are hard to find is that they are more susceptible to breakage in wind. A couple of the lower branches still show a little green closer to the what’s left of the green portion of the trunk. The palo verde root borer (Derobrachus geminatus) is the larval stage of the large (3- to 5-inch) palo verde beetle. It grows best in deep, well-drained… Will it be okay to still plant there? Visiting Palo Verde National Park. It was impossible to miss against the rusty brown tones of the surrounding landscape. Deadline is set for Sept. 30. It is July now so should I wait until October to plant it in the ground? Any help would be greatly appreciated. and is it bad to have the roots in the soil that is damp? If you want to plant a tree 4 ft. from your wall, your best bet is using a large shrub, whose roots are less likely to cause cracking or problems with the wall. Another species of palo verde that is prevalent in the landscape are called palo brea (Parkinsonia praecox), formerly (Cercidium praecox). As you can probably imagine, germination and seedling survival can be a real challenge in any desert. I’m now leery of trees in that spot, due to the roots; however, I will keep an open mind. They barely have any leaves and it’s almost May. I hope this helps! Hello, we just bought a house near Palos Verdes in the Los Angeles area and we have a Palo Verde tree in our yard. This has happened twice now. Hello. Dirt often settles after planting, causing new plants to sink down slightly. After transplanting, create a temporary basin around the tree that extends to the drip line (where the branches end). Quick question. At the same token, I'm a little worried I'll destroy what has been established. Hi Noelle! How to Prune a Palo Verde. Their deep root systems can store water during drought. The remaining portion couldn't be cut in a safe way, so it was cut back to a 3' stump and left to sprout (our HOA requires a tree there). and should I prune the branches a few feet shorter?Thanks,Cathy. We are very excited about our new yard; there are many wonderful plants! As such, these trees have adapted to preserve as much water as possible. The more important issue are the bamboo roots, which can affect your palo verde tree as they are both fighting for nutrients and water. Gradually, prune up the new branches on the three main branches as needed to create a tree shape. I planted it, unfortunately at 2 pm it was about 85 degrees. I’m confused on the length of time to “deeply” water a Desert Museum Palo Verde. It was about 90 degrees that day. This particular tree did seem to struggle somewhat after being transplanted, and things just got worse as time went on. *Please note that I cannot answer individual gardening questions. Hw long can it stay in the 15 gallon pot? Then you can go to 3 times a week. Should I keep in my garage until Spring or can I plant now? ‘Desert Museum’ Palo Verde – 30 ft high x 40 ft wide. I have not needed to water yet as the soil is still really wet to the touch and the pots they came in were also really wet. Hello! You told Janet of Palmdale that her tree which was browning would probably die. BTW – thx for all of your previous advice when you visited our home. Hope this helps! My question is have we gave it too much water or not enough? You certainly live in a beautiful area! Is there anyway to save it? The Palo Verde is the “nurse” plant of the Saguaro cactus, as the two species are often found inhabiting the same areas. But I guess better when it’s small, rather than cutting it when it gets bigger. You have asked some great questions. Thanks, John & Mary, I am so glad to hear that you have a beautiful Desert Museum Palo Verde. After reading some things on the internet I did not water it last night. RIght now, you are doing the best thing by not watering it and letting the soil dry out. Thanks! It sounds like it is being over-watered. Lovely photo of you btw. So, you should be fine since you don't use sprinklers. We have a PV in the front yard that broke during a windstorm. I have a Mountain View from that patio. Some of the leaves are turning yellow. Thanks very much. My goal was to get it in the ground quickly. Please help. Thank you for your question. I'm sorry to hear about your palo verde tree. Palo verde may have single or multiple stems and many branches with pendulous leaves. 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