En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
1 rating

Thursday - March 10, 2011

From: Leander, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Transplants, Trees
Title: Problem with Arizona Ash in Leander TX
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

What would make my otherwise healthy Arizona Ash tree, that was doing so well last year, only bud out on just one side?

ANSWER:

What can be wrong with your  Fraxinus velutina (Arizona ash)? Let me count the ways. Here are article from several sources on the things that can happen to an Arizona Ash:

Texas A&M Aggie Horticulture Arizona Ash

Howard Garrett "The Dirt Doctor" Pest and Disease Control Forum

Ohio State University Ash Borers

Since we don't know when nor how your tree was planted, we would also add the possibility of transplant shock, which often occurs when a woody plant is planted during hot weather, put into clay soil with no amendments to improve drainage, or damaged and even root-bound in the nursery or during transplant. If it's an old, well-established tree it may be nearing the end of its lifespan; ashes are fast growing, short-lived trees that are susceptible to many pests and diseases. You could have a trained and certified arborist look at it and make recommendations, or contact the County Extension Office for either Travis or Williamson County.

 

 

More Trees Questions

protecting native trees during drought
June 07, 2011 - We are very concerned about our mature live oaks and cedar elms because they are so stressed due to the drought. We have lost several of our mountain juniper and I really don't want to lose our more...
view the full question and answer

Cultivar of Cercis Canadensis from Haskell OK
May 16, 2012 - We have a Hearts of Gold Redbud that first had dark edges to many of its leaves (about 2 weeks after planting). It now has multiple leaves w/ medium-dark brown spots on them. Are we looking at some ...
view the full question and answer

Are baldcypress trees (Taxodium distichum) self-fertile
March 06, 2011 - We are considering planting a bald cypress in a grassy children's play area that has fair amount of clay in the soil and receives a good amount of rain water from an adjacent slope. This seems a good...
view the full question and answer

Growing live oaks from acorns
January 25, 2010 - What is the best way to grow Live Oaks from acorns?
view the full question and answer

Problem with crapemyrtle shoots in Victoria, TX
May 13, 2009 - I have a problem with crepe myrtle shoots coming up in my flowerbed. I had to remove a large crepe myrtle tree (18" diameter stump) and digging out the stump was not possible. I killed the stump wi...
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP
© 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center