Does anyone have an idea for me? I think that is maybe why I do not have this tree in my garden. The deciduous acacia trees planted at the edge of the desert drop their leaves each autumn adding humus to the soil. Light yellow flowers occur in winter and early spring, and are followed by 10-12 in. Cream to yellow colored, ball-shaped flowers, in small clusters, (3 to 6 flowers/cluster) occur throughout the year with the majority produced in spring. We have several of those trees here in Texas and I have a particular fondness for the dessert willow. Thanks very much. This tree made its debut in the Phoenix area about 15 years ago and rapidly became quite popular for its lush green beauty. Waterwise trees such as Acacia stenophylla have little to moderate watering needs once established, and we like to feed them with a general-purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. The Shoestring Acacia is so named because of its very narrow and very long leaves or phyllodes that resemble needles on a pine tree. Always read label and follow label instruction before using pesticides. long, that hang from weeping branches. The columnar structure makes them ideal for planting in narrow or tight landscape settings. I don't want to damage the house or the wall. They usually flower in late May and June. If not pruned these suckers will form clumps of trunks that may or may not be desirable. Fragrant and showy yellow flowers grow in clusters from fall to spring. Spray applications of water or water and Safer Soap give short-term control (3 to 7 days) for small insect population. I was intrigued with the Sissoo. I meant "If I live in your neck of woods…". Some olive trees have fallen prey to some creative pruning. They are used in screen planting around the perimeter of properties or along streets or sidewalks. The bark peels off in papery sheets. This has … Shoestring acacia has proven its amenability to the harsh low desert where it grows as a graceful, wispy accent or shade tree. General Description. I’ve noticed a lack of flowering in palo verde trees this year as have many of my fellow landscape professionals. A summer favorite is the desert willow tree. I have a tall (40-50') shoestring acacia tree that is too close to the house. They are also great for screen planting and outstanding when displayed by itself. Do not remove more than 30% of the canopy during the summer as this can lead to sunburn injuries that can later be invaded by wood boring insects. Sissoo trees are best used in large outdoor areas such as parks. I hope you found another great tree for your yard. Its hanging foliage moves beautifully with even the slightest breeze. Reaching a mature size of 20 – 30 feet high and wide, olive trees make excellent shade trees and are slow-growing. Much care should be taken with the preparation and consumption of unknown species of acacia, as many contain poisonous cyanogenic glycosides and have been known to … From a design standpoint, I wouldn’t as they ‘clash’ visually (polka dots and stripes). Maintenance is minimal, only requiring a small amount of pruning. • Shoestring Acacia provides light shade for cactus andsucculents to grow underneath. A striking specimen with its narrow, shoestring-like leaves and weeping form. Check Other Stores closed. Many varieties are valued for their long roots which help stabilize the soil in areas threatened by erosion. You will find this tree growing in parks, roadside plantings as well as in residential landscapes. I don't know if this grows in your zone, but I have a small obsession going on with the Monkey Puzzle Tree at the moment, which I absolutely can NOT grow here. And of course, the Southern live oak is wonderful for the wildlife it attracts, as well as the shedding oak leaves. But what I most remember about the seedpods is getting some of the ‘fuzz’ from the inside stuck on my bare feet, and it hurt. Younger trees tend to flower less than mature ones. Privacy & Policy, Disclaimer & Disclosure, “…and the desert shall rejoice and blossom.” Isaiah 35:1. The photo of the tree above was taken four years after it was planted from a 15-gallon container and it rapidly grew even larger – soon, it had to be removed due to its invasive roots. Plumes of yellow flowers start to appear in November and stay through December. There are numerous beautiful trees that thrive in your region. Evergreen. Desert Willow – I love this tree, but it is deciduous in winter, so I don't think it is the right one for you. Remove side branches that form on the lower parts of these stems, until the main trunk is a few feet tall. So many great choices. Height: 20 - 30 feet. Noelle, what a great post rich with helpful information and great images! Indian Rosewood / Sissoo  Flowers mature rapidly to pods that resemble a string of pale green beads with pods constricted between each seed. Water established Willow acacia trees sparingly— every three to four weeks in summer and every other month in the winter. Like other Acacia species, weeping acacia can reseed or grow suckers from roots in and around irrigated Phoenix urban landscapes. It is one of the few trees in our area that produces a rich fall color. Chinese pistache grows to 25 – 25 feet high and wide and has some welcome surprises. Trees may produce suckers if roots are exposed to the sun or disturbed. Its unique structure and open canopy allows Shoestring Acacias to be used in a variety of landscape applications. Container Measurement. My choices are: blue leaf wattle, shoestring acacia, foothills palo verde, palo brea, and desert willow. fixes soil nitrogen. 3.25-gallon. It produces very long and narrow pale green phyllodes, 12-16 in. Your neighbor will be so happy . If you want to completely stop an acacia from growing, you have to kill it at the roots. The slender leaves do have a nice fall color and seem to just disappear when they drop. Not quite my taste and I would like a tree that will not take too long to grow, so let’s press on to other trees. It seemed too good to be true! The showy creamy-yellow flowers are borne in … Monitor for infestation and apply controls as needed. ACACIA stenophylla. linearis. Use a sterilized pruner to snip it just below a node, then remove the lower leaf-like structures and any flowers or buds. Must be the same person that trim poodles. 1. In desert landscape designs Shoestring Acacias are among the most versatile and well adapted trees for a wide assortment of landscape uses. Are these trees invasive, and would both be too much? *I do have a desert fern tree already, and although another one would look great in my newly bare area, I think I will try to choose a different type of tree. Fragrant puffy yellow blooms. (Dalbergia sissoo). Southern live oak is the most prevalent, however. Thank you for your comment. This tree is a member of the Legume family (Fabaceae). 3.25-Gallon Yellow Shoestring Acacia Feature Tree in Pot (L9438) Item #64250 Model #NURSERY. Q: I have a very tall shoestring acacia tree that is too close to the house. May require staking initially and sometimes sprouts from roots. I guess I really like any tree that has some kind of weeping effect ! Present this tree guide to enjoy one complimentary admission to the Garden when a second admission of equal or The sturdy roots reach deep for underground water, which explains why the tree tolerates extreme drought conditions. Amazing post Noelle!! If you have not already noticed already, I am somewhat biased about certain types of trees. Horticulturist, Landscape Consultant, Certified Arborist, Speaker, and Garden Writer. apathetically, would you place a palo verde tree by an olive tree?? Wow- you are really doing some impressive research for this one. In winter, the leaves do fall from the desert native, but they are so small and do not create much litter. All Rights Reserved. I have 2 palo verde trees in my backyard, and because the shape of their leaves I am assuming is a Desert Museum, when I bought this house they were already there, young and small trees. For pesticide control recommendations contact a licensed pest control advisor. I live in 29 palms CA its in the High Desert. Its roots must be encouraged to grow sideways away from the trunk, through proper watering, to form a wider root system. However, as sissoo trees have been grown in the southwest landscape for several years, problems have begun to crop up. Tiny flowers grace the tree in spring, followed by decorative seed pods. Good luck to find your most favorite tree! I really love the acacia and willow, although my absolute fave is the olive. Deep, infrequent irrigation helps to develop a strong, anchoring root system. I love the wide canopy but has to be low maintenance. My sister and I used to pretend that the little flowers were ‘fairy caps and the flowers were soon followed by large, brown seedpods. At maturity, they reach approximately 15 feet tall and wide. Shoestring acacia develops into a medium size evergreen tree with an upright habit, 20-40 ft. tall, 15-25 ft. wide. Has Evergreen foliage. As a child, growing up in Los Angeles, we had one in our front garden. This good history of success is often the result its adaptability and letting the soil dry between waterings. Some drawbacks to consider are the thorns having to be careful when pruning is necessary (requiring gloves and long sleeves). The bottle tree is one of them. © 2008-2020 Wow. However, they ARENT recommended for average size residential landscapes. I am pretty sure that I will not plant a pine tree because I have memories of many hours spent nursing along many pine trees growing on golf courses that were irrigated with reclaimed water. The leaves turn a slight maroon color in the winter in our zone 8b climate. Good luck with your hunt! One drawback is that it does produce brown seed pods, which some people do not like, but I have no problem with them at all. long bean-type pods in the summer. The trees are moderately drought tolerant but cannot be naturalized to subsist on the annual rainfall in the desert southwest. *This blog contains affiliate links. Use Current Location. Shoestring Acacia, Acacia stenophylla, combines two qualities that are rare among popular desert landscape trees: columnar (upright growth) structure and evergreen foliage. I do not mind pruning, but pruning three of these trees each year was becoming much more of a chore. This evergreen tree, has thorns and large brown seedpods. One of the many values of this plant is its ability to cast shadows that provide filtered shade for … They are evergreen and thornless. The bark of maturing trees is rough, deeply textured and dark brown giving it a sharp contrast to the gray-green foliage. As our houseome was being built, we designed the surrounding garden. Texas ebony grows slowly to about 15 – 30 feet high and 15 – 20 feet wide. The wood will take fine polish and is used for furniture and cabinetry. I shall look forward to more of your considerations. Desert Museum Palo Verde (Parkinsonia hybrid ‘Desert Museum’). For heavy infestation or longer control use federally registered insecticides. Shoestring Acacia grows well in full sun or partial shade and is cold hardy to about 18 F. In Australia, where it is used as lumber and a food source for Aborigines, it is found growing at the edges of rivers and will tolerate periodic flooding and heavy clay soils. (Acacia farnesiana, Acacia smallii). Good luck with your search! The tendency to grow along streams may explain two of its Australian common names, Native Willow and River Cooba (Cooba is the Australian common name for Acacia salicina). Haha, those Poodle Trees, I mean pruned Olive trees must be the bane of your landscape designing existance . An open, fast-growing tree with weeping, long and linear leaves. Acacia stenophylla Shoestring Acacia This fast growing, tough evergreen tree grows to 40 feet tall with an open, wispy, picturesque habit. Although found in other areas of the United States, it is also native to the southwest. So, here comes the fun part…which one to choose? A contact insecticide application will kill existing adults. Hopefully, they will flower nicely for you next year. While not the prettiest tree in winter, the flowers produced spring through fall make it more than worth it and there are new (almost seedless) varieties such as ‘Bubba’ and ‘Timeless Beauty’ that produce little to no seedpods. It is finally turning into a beautiful tree. (Shoestring Acacia): • Acacia stenophylla. And that's when I found the negative comments on other sites about invasive/destructive roots and sucker growth. One of my favorite things about the desert fern is the beautiful, fern-like leaves – hence its common name. (Lysiloma thornberi, Lysiloma watsonii var. I just want to plant that that kind of tree but don’t know how it will take time to grow like yours. Acacia stenophylla is relatively free of serious insects pests. Irrigation emitter arrangement along with other information on irrigations practices for desert trees can be found at Irrigation Practices for Desert Trees. You’ll want to clip off some half-hardened wood 2-6 inches (5-15 cm.) Pine trees offer heavy shade that will prevent most grasses from growing underneath. Totally love Desert Fern AND Palo Blanco. It does lose its leaves in winter and forms narrow seed capsules. I really had no clue you could grow that out there! Excellent book about what to do in the garden and when. Why may you ask? In non-desert climates, they can reach heights of up to 40 – 60 ft., but will not grow that large in the desert. Palo Brea – Beautiful trunk and yellow flowers in spring. Now I am not a fan of thorns, but the thorns on this tree are almost pretty. They not only provide wonderful shade in the summer months but also add a lot of value to your property. The fallen flowers do not bother me at all – I rather enjoy the carpet of yellow. But, even with all of the wonderful attributes of this tree, I have decided to select another type of tree as it’s the replacement. Am I reaching too far (Mediterranean & desert tree)? In your pictures, I like Desert fern and Chinese Pistache the most. Shoestring Acacia (Acacia stenophylla) Many acacias are notorious for creating significant litter problems (we even mention the Chilean acacia tree in our article about the trees that produce the worst litter problems), but the shoestring acacia is a different matter entirely. And so, if you have a neighbor with pine trees, offer to rake some pine needles up to put in your garden. In colder winters the leaves may drop altogether. Also, their mature size is so big that they dwarf the landscapes they have been planted in. First of all, I love the shape of the leaves and how the sun reflects off of them in a gentle breeze. Shoestring Acacia (Acacia stenophylla) (medium size)This beautiful tree is quite variable in form, but is usually quite a bit more upright than wide, and has a somewhat to very weeping form. This makes the tree more drought tolerant and keeps it from being toppled by strong winds. An excellent tree for those who like lush, green trees that lose their leaves in winter. The boiled leaves, shoots and seeds of many acacia trees are edible, and the roots can be tapped for water or used as medicine. Acacia salicina: Willow Acacia. Wow, that is a wonderful dilemma! I love flowering trees! I had no idea so many delightful trees could grow in your part of the world~Don't you love what blogging and the internet have give us! after the plant has flowers. Believe it or not, some pine trees also do well in the desert. Beautiful, willow-shaped leaves and flowers brighten up the summer garden. Acacia farnesiana: Sweet Acacia. © Copyright  2000-2020   Arid Zone Trees. In park areas, their roots can run along the surface due to shallow watering. Rounded or Vase Shape. Pine needles litter the ground as well. (You can check out my second post of possible tree selections, here . Shoestring Acacia trees thrive in reflected heat and like to grow in a location that gets plenty of full sun exposure. I need to continue looking at possible tree choices. They are growing against my west-facing garden wall and do great in the reflected sun. Family: Fabaceae. As a result, I have some small scratch scars on my forearms from pruning sweet acacia in the past. But did you know that pine needles make an excellent mulch? Spreading with a High Canopy. The filtered shade allows most flowering shrubs planted underneath Shoestrings to grow and flower normally. Another reason is that in addition to being a horticulturist, I am also a certified arborist and I do love trees and have grown many different kinds in the landscapes that I managed. Very long narrow and slightly twisted, drooping leaves lightly clothe weeping branches. I am trying to decide on a feature tree that we can enjoy during the winter in our Mesa yard. It will be interesting to see what's your choice. Oh, and this post was soooo good! Everything about this tree is dark – the green leaves the dark brown trunk. The filtered shade it provides makes it great for pool and patio settings. Texas Ebony (Ebenopsis/Pithecellobium flexicaule). This can be accomplished using different chemicals. I bought my first one on a field trip with my Plant Identification college class to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. You can remove the thorns if you like, which is what I have done in the past. Hello there !! Aleppo, Canary Island (Pinus canariensis) and mondel pines (Pinus eldarica) are all found in suburban areas of the lower desert areas of the southwest. I am concern because this past summer none of them produced flowers, and when I moved to this house a year ago I remember that both of them had just few flowers, which I attributed back then to the fact that there were very young. P.S. • Shoestring Acacia tolerates most soils but can be susceptible to root rot. But, many people I know who have a bottle tree love them. Throughout the Phoenix metro area, you will see sissoo trees widely used in parks and other green spaces. They do well in the heat and are fairly skinny trees. Another plus is that is a native, desert tree and is thornless. In areas with mild winters, the leaves will remain on the tree. When mature, it reaches a height of 15 – 20 feet and spreads to 10 feet wide which makes it suitable for a patio tree or other small area. Get Pricing and Availability. The only drawbacks are that there is litter from the fallen flowers in spring, which means that it should not be planted by a pool. It can grow anywhere from 8 – 30 feet high and wide. If I can only choose one tree, I'll probably go for the Desert Fern. I would still like to find something different, that I do not currently have growing in my garden. Texas ebony is an excellent choice for those who like a dense, dark green canopy of leaves. It’s hard to beat the sissoo tree for fast growth and shade. Most of the pine trees did not do well with the high level of salts in the effluent water. Landscaping around a swimming pool can really make your pool pop; but plants and trees need to be chosen carefully. Width: 10 - 20 feet. I loved my palo verde tree that fell…..I have two others just like it, including the one pictured above. The narrow leaves are fairly dispersed giving the canopy a transparent, lacy quality that produces filtered shade. Noelle: If you live in your neck of woods, this would be my reference post when coming to choose a tree! New bark is maroon. There is little not to love about these trees – they are thornless, have evergreen foliage, are tolerant of full and reflected sun making this tree very low-maintenance. However, there is now a thornless variety, called ‘Smoothie.’. If not, you can contact a local certified arborist, who can come out and examine your trees closely for any possible problems. I love the clusters of small round leaves that are evergreen. What a wonderful Palo Verde tree you have! It doesn't suit your needs, though as it's such a slow grower. Since you seem so well versed in trees, I thought I’d ask…. Acacia stenophylla. Looking for some help. • Acacia stenophylla. Female trees produce clusters of little berries in the fall. thornberi, Lysiloma microphylla var. I am currently designing my own landscape and came across your article. Blue Leaf Wattle – Evergreen, thornless and stunning yellow flowers in spring. The trees are moderately drought tolerant but cannot be naturalized to subsist on the annual rainfall in the desert southwest. I can't wait to hear what you chose! Inspect trees during the growing season for common garden sucking insects such as aphids, thrip, whiteflies or psyllids. Willow acacia tree becomes chlorotic when grown in poor draining soils or with too frequent, shallow watering. A young shoestring acacia (Acacia stenophylla) doesn't look impressive, with its slender and somewhat lanky growth. Foothills Palo Verde – A beautiful tree, but very slow growing. I like these trees so much that I have three of them. The columnar shape of the tree is the result of its weepy branches and leaves that hang down parallel to the upright main trunk(s). Its small-medium size makes it suitable for smaller areas. They have been used successfully to reclaim farmland from the desert. Stenophylla's do produce some leaf, flower and pod litter. I also like the bright green foliage of the trees and their tiny leaflets. If it were me, I would choose either the Shoestring Acacia or the Blue Leaf Wattle. May root sprout. I have lived in my home (and garden) for over ten years. If it were me, I would choose either the Shoestring Acacia or the Blue Leaf Wattle. Shoestring acacia makes a fine specimen tree or may be grouped in small groves as a visual screen. Acacia constricta: Whitethorn Acacia. The tree is drought tolerant and prefers well-drained soil. Periodic thinning is the most desirable method of pruning. Disease and pests: Numerous root rot pathogens infect plant roots if soil is excessively wet or poorly drained. Plant against blank walls or group to create a grove. **One note of caution, this tree is quite susceptible to Texas (Cotton) root rot (a fungal disease that infects the roots).,, For those of you who have been fortunate enough to, Hi friends! Now, I am more of a “Do as I say” person rather than a “Do as I do” person. Olive trees are also an option. Periodically insect pests can be a problem on some desert trees. Leaves are pale grayish green and are generally straight but can be slightly curved or twisted. This Australian native was introduced to the desert southwest decades ago but gained wide popularity only in the last 10 to 15 years. Good luck. As you featured each tree, I was sure it would be the one! Shoestring Acacia – I like this one, especially when it is mature, but it can look a bit straggly when it is young. I can see why it's a difficult decision for you. How to Root Acacia Cuttings Growing acacia plants from cuttings starts with taking cuttings. Avoid hedging or heading back desert species, as this will only stimulate excessive branching. The back yard is very dry can u email me. Acacia stenophylla: Shoestring Acacia. thornberi). My last post dealt with the loss of one of our beautiful ‘Desert Museum’ palo verde trees. I am anxious to start following your blog now. But, is very thorny and requires quite a bit of pruning. The small, powderpuff-like, pale yellow flowers are followed by seed pods that look like beaded strings. *The most important thing that you can do when planting a tree (or any plant) is to make the hole 2 – 3X as wide as the root ball. Provides light shade. Thank you, Lorraine Shallow watering often causes the roots to grow along the surface. I have a Chinese Pistache, which I planted as a small sapling. is a desert‐adapted Australiannative that can take many years to reachits full height. The word ‘palo blanco; means “white stick” in Spanish and refers to the white trunk of this tree – considered to be one of its most attractive assets. Hmmm…a hard decision. In the landscape areas that I managed, they were a favorite because there was so little maintenance required. Small trees, 15 gallon and 24" box, are not striking and do not often reflect the ultimate shape and character of this specie. For the shoestring acacia, choose one or two central, upright stems and prune away others, including any thin, straight shoots, or suckers, that might arise directly from the roots. I would like to replace it with a small bay laurel for cooking purposes and a shoestring acacia for shade. Acacia stenophylla (Shoe-String Acacia) - An open, quick-growing tree to 30 feet tall by 20 feet wide. What a great question. Before using pesticide for the first time or on new plants or cultivar, treat a few plants and check for phytotoxicty. How fantastic it would be to have an olive tree…the tree you read about throughout the Bible. *Please note that I cannot answer individual gardening questions. How about trying a Shoestring Acacia (Acacia stenophylla)? I honestly do not understand people who don’t plant trees in the garden – especially in desert climates. Help!!! We worked hard the past couple of days to remove the fallen tree and now have a bare space to fill. Very symbolic for me!! Semi-weeping evergreen tree. Because most roots grow outward, it is easier for them to do this in soil that has been recently disturbed. Personally, I love them for their beauty, their hard wood, and their history. I know it would be an exciting thing for me to go tree-shopping! I know this is an old post, but I found it while searching for pictures of the Sissoo tree. Weeping Shoestring Tree (acacia stenophylla) – A very attractive, small to medium-sized tree to about 38 feet tall with a gnarly trunk, a well-branched, dense crown with long, thin, weeping branches and narrow, grayish green phyllodes. Flowers of shoestring acacia Best growth is achieved in well drained soil and regular deep irrigation. Thrives in reflected heat, requires little water once established and does not produce much litter. Later, I planted it in our front garden, and I look forward to the beautiful yellow flowers in the fall. There is only about 25 feet of space between the home and a very high western freeway wall. Native to Australia. I hope this helps! An application with a systemic soil drench will provide 8 to 12 weeks control for any post application insect hatchings or migration of insects. Dalby Myall, Shoestring Acacia. I spent my teenage years growing up in the town of Thousand Oaks, California and the hillsides are dotted with large, specimen oak trees. Some trees to consider near pools are Acacia aneura (Mulga), Acacia stenophylla (Shoestring Acacia), Dalbergia sissoo (Rosewood) or Pittosporum phillyraeoides (Willow Pittosporum). It is evergreen and native to Australia. I also like the slightly pendulous way that the branches hang down. That is why I have four currently growing in my garden. Native to both Texas and Mexico, this tree does very well in the Arizona desert. The reason for this is that when you add amendments to a planting hole, the roots of the tree tends to stay where the 'rich' soil is and do not grow outward into the native soil. All the trees look good. Acacia stenophylla var. I don’t know why. Most are multi-trunk with beautiful olive green leaves. Desert Fern If you're in the middle of an acacia invasion, you should know that cutting them down isn't enough to kill them. Trees can also be planted in small clusters or groupings without encountering tangled branches. Some of you may be surprised to know that many of our trees and shrubs are grown in our arid climate are native to Australia. My question is, can this tree be topped, or does it need to be removed. They can suffer from soils and water with high amounts of salts. There is much to like about these trees beside the beautiful green trunks – they are fast growing, thornless, evergreen and yellow flowers in the spring. You have some terrific trees to chose from. The oak trees that I see growing in our area do not resemble the ones from my childhood, so maybe that is the reason that I do not have any in my garden. I love the Live Oaks, I had no idea that they could grow so well in desert conditions. Believe it or not, oak trees do very well in our desert climate. A. Shoestring Acacias (Acacia stenophylla) has a long record of success in desert regions of the west. The Sweet Acacia is really adorable! I wouldn’t worry too much about it at this point. Thanks.