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

Small native flowering tree for Virginia
September 21, 2009 - Could you recommend a small flowering tree (8-10' mature size) to plant in front garden next to the house. Full sun. Something that doesn't have invasive roots that would damage the house. Thanks...
view the full question and answer

Native Plants for a water collection pit in Bronson, FL
August 22, 2013 - I live near Gainesville, FL in a low rural area with many cypress swamps around & bought this 5 acres 2 years ago. About 15 years ago a pit was dug on my 5 acres to give the rainwater somewhere to go...
view the full question and answer

Leaf problems on oaks in North Liberty IA
June 12, 2010 - My oak trees (young and old) are showing leaf problems. Is there a disease or insect causing oak tree disease?
view the full question and answer

Native tree for Perrysburg OH
March 25, 2009 - Can you recommend a small tree 15-20 feet for Perrysburg Ohio that does not produce seeds/berries/nuts etc, has large leaves and is pest resistant? Low maintenance
view the full question and answer

Plants beneath native bald cypress trees in Thibodaux LA
September 14, 2009 - I have a bed that needs to be revamped and it has two beautiful 18 year old Bald cypress trees. I would like to work the soil and plant some appropriate shade tolerant plants. How do I work the soil...
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 | STAFF
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center