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Leaves (or phyllodes) are long and narrow approximately 1/4 to 1/2" wide and up to 12" long. The trees are moderately drought tolerant but cannot be naturalized to subsist on the annual rainfall in the desert southwest. The mature size is approximately 25 feet high and wide. On young trees, insect infestation can slow typical seasonal growth. The leftover stumps will continue to grow, and you will be left with acacia shrubs. Shoestring Acacia grows well in … I have not had any problems with sissoo trees in my own landscape except for a few root suckers that are easily taken care of. 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 … I love the Live Oaks, I had no idea that they could grow so well in desert conditions. 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. This Australian native was introduced to the desert southwest decades ago but gained wide popularity only in the last 10 to 15 years. Plant Common Name. Haha, those Poodle Trees, I mean pruned Olive trees must be the bane of your landscape designing existance . In areas with mild winters, the leaves will remain on the tree. Width: 10 - 20 feet. Rounded or Vase Shape. Remove side branches that form on the lower parts of these stems, until the main trunk is a few feet tall. When not in flower, the tiny, dark green leaves are easier to see. We worked hard the past couple of days to remove the fallen tree and now have a bare space to fill. 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. I share my experience as a horticulturist and certified arborist and profile my top 20 along with all of their characteristics in my mini-course “How to Select the Right Tree for Your Desert Garden”. I know it would be an exciting thing for me to go tree-shopping! Shoestring acacia reaches a height of 20 to 30 feet. *This blog contains affiliate links. apathetically, would you place a palo verde tree by an olive tree?? New bark is maroon. Hopefully, they will flower nicely for you next year. • Shoestring Acacia provides light shade for cactus andsucculents to grow underneath. Thank you, Lorraine Heat and drought tolerant. I live in 29 palms CA its in the High Desert. 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. • Acacia stenophylla. © 2008-2020 Amazing post Noelle!! Noelle, I can understand the dilemma. 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. AZ Plant Lady, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services Associates Program, an affiliate program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees. 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). I meant "If I live in your neck of woods…". This one is one of my favorite smaller trees. But, is very thorny and requires quite a bit of pruning. 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. Shoestring acacia develops into a medium size evergreen tree with an upright habit, 20-40 ft. tall, 15-25 ft. wide. 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. Some trees to consider near pools are Acacia aneura (Mulga), Acacia stenophylla (Shoestring Acacia), Dalbergia sissoo (Rosewood) or Pittosporum phillyraeoides (Willow Pittosporum). The trees are moderately drought tolerant but cannot be naturalized to subsist on the annual rainfall in the desert southwest. Fragrant and showy yellow flowers grow in clusters from fall to spring. Landscaping around a swimming pool can really make your pool pop; but plants and trees need to be chosen carefully. In the landscape areas that I managed, they were a favorite because there was so little maintenance required. I’ve noticed a lack of flowering in palo verde trees this year as have many of my fellow landscape professionals. Noelle, what a great post rich with helpful information and great images! long, that hang from weeping branches. The small, powderpuff-like, pale yellow flowers are followed by seed pods that look like beaded strings. The showy creamy-yellow flowers are borne in … Shoestring Acacia trees thrive in reflected heat and like to grow in a location that gets plenty of full sun exposure. I honestly do not understand people who don’t plant trees in the garden – especially in desert climates. Haha, tough life you have Noelle! For heavy infestation or longer control use federally registered insecticides. is a desert‐adapted Australiannative that can take many years to reachits full height. I have lived in my home (and garden) for over ten years. Your neighbor will be so happy . I think that is maybe why I do not have this tree in my garden. They are also used near or against taller structures to add color and graceful silhouettes to large walls. Provides light shade. Palo blanco trees look great when planted near each other in groups of 3 or 5 where their distinctive tree trunks can be shown off. You’ll want to clip off some half-hardened wood 2-6 inches (5-15 cm.) Acacia stenophylla Shoestring Acacia This fast growing, tough evergreen tree grows to 40 feet tall with an open, wispy, picturesque habit. That is why I have four currently growing in my garden. 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. 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. So, here comes the fun part…which one to choose? 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. If not, you can contact a local certified arborist, who can come out and examine your trees closely for any possible problems. P.S. Another very important example omitted from this article is that acacias, like legumes, have nitrogen-fixing bacteria in nodules on their roots. Are these trees invasive, and would both be too much? 1. This makes the tree more drought tolerant and keeps it from being toppled by strong winds. © Copyright  2000-2020   Arid Zone Trees. Water established Willow acacia trees sparingly— every three to four weeks in summer and every other month in the winter. May require staking initially and sometimes sprouts from roots. And so, if you have a neighbor with pine trees, offer to rake some pine needles up to put in your garden. Good luck. Throughout the Phoenix metro area, you will see sissoo trees widely used in parks and other green spaces. Use a sterilized pruner to snip it just below a node, then remove the lower leaf-like structures and any flowers or buds. 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. Good luck with your search! Its roots must be encouraged to grow sideways away from the trunk, through proper watering, to form a wider root system. Depending on the species, they grow anywhere from 30 – 60 feet tall and most should not be planted in a residential landscape unless there is ample room for growth. Acacia Tree Facts. In colder winters the leaves may drop altogether. Light yellow flowers occur in winter and early spring, and are followed by 10-12 in. Native to Australia. (Shoestring Acacia): • Acacia stenophylla. Trees with lots of ‘leaf litter’, excessive pollen, berries or budding debris can cause extra work for you and your pool filter.. Most of the pine trees did not do well with the high level of salts in the effluent water. The boiled leaves, shoots and seeds of many acacia trees are edible, and the roots can be tapped for water or used as medicine. The answer may surprise you – scientists have discovered that the best thing to add to the soil is….nothing. Acacia stenophylla is relatively free of serious insects pests. I would like to replace it with a small bay laurel for cooking purposes and a shoestring acacia for shade. I would still like to find something different, that I do not currently have growing in my garden. So many great choices. What a wonderful Palo Verde tree you have! Willow acacia tree becomes chlorotic when grown in poor draining soils or with too frequent, shallow watering. Have you had any of those problems?? It can grow anywhere from 8 – 30 feet high and wide. It is really big and it really loves the heat of the sun. thanks. ACACIA stenophylla. Disease and pests: Numerous root rot pathogens infect plant roots if soil is excessively wet or poorly drained. Shoestring Acacia, Acacia stenophylla, combines two qualities that are rare among popular desert landscape trees: columnar (upright growth) structure and evergreen foliage. Err… maybe …kind of tough…. I do not mind pruning, but pruning three of these trees each year was becoming much more of a chore. The leaves turn a slight maroon color in the winter in our zone 8b climate. fixes soil nitrogen. Before using pesticide for the first time or on new plants or cultivar, treat a few plants and check for phytotoxicty. Blue Leaf Wattle – Evergreen, thornless and stunning yellow flowers in spring. I am currently designing my own landscape and came across your article. I love the clusters of small round leaves that are evergreen. The shoestring acacia requires practically no additional maintenance, aside from pruning the suckers that grow from exposed roots (1,3). There are numerous beautiful trees that thrive in your region. I love the sound of the wind as it blows through pine trees. I’m afraid of creating the equivalent of polka dots and stripes in my front yard? Some olive trees have fallen prey to some creative pruning. Must be the same person that trim poodles. Olive trees are also an option. So if you know of cases of Texas root rot in your neighborhood, I would advise growing another type of tree. Always use clean, sharp tools that are cleaned regularly in a 10% solution of bleach. This good history of success is often the result its adaptability and letting the soil dry between waterings. Acacia constricta: Whitethorn Acacia. 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. And that's when I found the negative comments on other sites about invasive/destructive roots and sucker growth. Acacia salicina: Willow Acacia. A young shoestring acacia (Acacia stenophylla) doesn't look impressive, with its slender and somewhat lanky growth. Believe it or not, some pine trees also do well in the desert. Shoestring acacia makes a fine specimen tree or may be grouped in small groves as a visual screen. Inspect trees during the growing season for common garden sucking insects such as aphids, thrip, whiteflies or psyllids. Wow, that is a wonderful dilemma! Later, I planted it in our front garden, and I look forward to the beautiful yellow flowers in the fall. (Acacia farnesiana, Acacia smallii). I have a tall (40-50') shoestring acacia tree that is too close to the house. Acacia stenophylla (Shoe-String Acacia) - An open, quick-growing tree to 30 feet tall by 20 feet wide. One of the many values of this plant is its ability to cast shadows that provide filtered shade for … A mesquite or Texas ebony would look better near an olive tree. We have several of those trees here in Texas and I have a particular fondness for the dessert willow. *Please note that I cannot answer individual gardening questions. I have a Chinese Pistache, which I planted as a small sapling. I like these trees so much that I have three of them. The filtered shade allows most flowering shrubs planted underneath Shoestrings to grow and flower normally. Regular fruiting olives are no longer sold in many cities due to their highly allergenic pollen. They usually flower in late May and June. Thrives in reflected heat, requires little water once established and does not produce much litter. Here is a link from the International Society of Arborists that has great guidelines for planting trees: http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/tree_planting.aspx. For detail pruning guide see Pruning Desert Trees. Dark brown seedpods are produced once flowering has finished. I brought it home and planted it in a container because we were renting a house at the time, waiting for our new home to be built. This evergreen tree, has thorns and large brown seedpods. I loved my palo verde tree that fell…..I have two others just like it, including the one pictured above. They have invasive root systems that cause problems with sidewalks, patio decks, pools, and block walls. Avoid hedging or heading back desert species, as this will only stimulate excessive branching. 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. Do you have more questions about choosing a tree for your landscape? (You can check out my second post of possible tree selections, here . Foster the development of a more dispersed root system and reduce the risk of wind throw by arranging irrigation emitters at varying distances from the trunk to encourage roots to "seek out" water and nutrients. But, you want to plant this tree away from pedestrian areas. Maintenance is minimal, only requiring a small amount of pruning. I used to see big acacia trees and small acacia tree is really new for me. So now we are faced with the question of which type of tree should we choose to replace the one that I lost? In the springtime, air is perfumed with the fragrance of the bright yellow puffball flowers of the sweet acacia. The fallen flowers do not bother me at all – I rather enjoy the carpet of yellow. They not only provide wonderful shade in the summer months but also add a lot of value to your property. Another plus is that is a native, desert tree and is thornless. Thank you for your comment. I was intrigued with the Sissoo. Your Palo Blanco looks like my willow tree. As our houseome was being built, we designed the surrounding garden. The columnar structure makes them ideal for planting in narrow or tight landscape settings. Thanks very much. It produces very long and narrow pale green phyllodes, 12-16 in. 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. Shoestring acacia roots assist Rhizobium bacteria in fixing soil N 2. I guess I really like any tree that has some kind of weeping effect ! 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. Trees with extensive root systems can damage pool walls or pool plumbing (see the comments section). Help!!! The bottle tree is one of them. Aleppo, Canary Island (Pinus canariensis) and mondel pines (Pinus eldarica) are all found in suburban areas of the lower desert areas of the southwest. An application with a systemic soil drench will provide 8 to 12 weeks control for any post application insect hatchings or migration of insects. This can be accomplished using different chemicals. 3.25-Gallon Yellow Shoestring Acacia Feature Tree in Pot (L9438) Item #64250 Model #NURSERY. Wow. However, they ARENT recommended for average size residential landscapes. Since you seem so well versed in trees, I thought I’d ask…. This tree is a member of the Legume family (Fabaceae). I love flowering trees! Family: Fabaceae. I hope you found another great tree for your yard. The bark peels off in papery sheets. 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. Sku #3611. Totally my cup of tree.My goodness, the pruning of that olive tree. Reaching a mature size of 20 – 30 feet high and wide, olive trees make excellent shade trees and are slow-growing. This tree made its debut in the Phoenix area about 15 years ago and rapidly became quite popular for its lush green beauty. *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. Has Evergreen foliage. I love Palo Blanco, desert Fern and Desert Willow! Trees may produce suckers if roots are exposed to the sun or disturbed. Deep, infrequent irrigation helps to develop a strong, anchoring root system. While in the design mode, consider plants with interesting features, such as attractive bark, exquisite branching systems, or flowering habits. I really love the acacia and willow, although my absolute fave is the olive. In desert landscape designs Shoestring Acacias are among the most versatile and well adapted trees for a wide assortment of landscape uses. The tree is drought tolerant and prefers well-drained soil. I just want to plant that that kind of tree but don’t know how it will take time to grow like yours. All the trees look good. In non-desert climates, they can reach heights of up to 40 – 60 ft., but will not grow that large in the desert. Does anyone have an idea for me? Shoestring acacia has proven its amenability to the harsh low desert where it grows as a graceful, wispy accent or shade tree. A striking specimen with its narrow, shoestring-like leaves and weeping form. 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. Foothills Palo Verde – A beautiful tree, but very slow growing. It seemed too good to be true! https://www.azplantlady.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/PV-8.jpg, http://www.azplantlady.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/favicon.png, For those of you who have been fortunate enough to, Hi friends! Adriana. gail. 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. Irrigation emitter arrangement along with other information on irrigations practices for desert trees can be found at Irrigation Practices for Desert Trees. The slender leaves do have a nice fall color and seem to just disappear when they drop. One of my favorite things about the desert fern is the beautiful, fern-like leaves – hence its common name. Although found in other areas of the United States, it is also native to the southwest. 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. From a design standpoint, I wouldn’t as they ‘clash’ visually (polka dots and stripes). Periodically insect pests can be a problem on some desert trees. Periodic thinning is the most desirable method of pruning. Now I am not a fan of thorns, but the thorns on this tree are almost pretty. Beautiful, willow-shaped leaves and flowers brighten up the summer garden. In your pictures, I like Desert fern and Chinese Pistache the most. As you featured each tree, I was sure it would be the one! The problem is that the leaves accumulate on my flat roof and clog the scuppers. May root sprout. The DGB logo indicates that a mature individual of that species is available for viewing at the Desert Botanical Garden. 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