En Español

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

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Wednesday - May 22, 2013

From: Fredericksburg, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Diseases and Disorders, Trees
Title: Problems with a two year old persimmon tree in Fredricksburg, TX.
Answered by: Jimmy Mills

QUESTION:

Hi Mr/Ms Smarty Plants, We planted a 4-ft Texas Persimmon, Diospyros texana, 2-years ago, with wonderful leaf and fruit production since. We recently had a hail storm (5/9/13) and although most of our plants and trees are rebounding, I noticed our persimmon seemed to be languishing. I noticed a couple of small holes on the main trunk and ants were coming and going. One thing you should know, we're rotten with pocket gophers and moles. The little guy is a very special member of our suburban garden and any suggestions to save it would be very helpful. Thanks, from Fredericksburg.

ANSWER:

It is always difficult to diagnose a plant problem from a written description. I am not discounting the hail stones, pocket gophers, moles , and ants, but the problem with your two year old transplant could be transplant shock.

 I’m including four links of sites that describe the problem with some possible remedies.

   Morton  Arboretum

   Northscaping.com

   Northscaping.com-2

   University of Kentucky

After looking through this material, you need to find a knowledgeable person to take a look at your persimmon tree to help determine the problem. I would suggest contacting the folks at the Gillespie County office of Texas AgriLife Extension.

 

From the Image Gallery


Texas persimmon
Diospyros texana

Texas persimmon
Diospyros texana

More Trees Questions

Disposal of Ashe juniper from Austin
March 07, 2013 - I am in western Travis County and we have been clearing our land of some of the Ashe Juniper. When there is not a burn ban, we burn them because there are just too many to shred. I was wondering if ...
view the full question and answer

Drought tolerant Plants and moving Wax myrtles in Austin
April 30, 2011 - Mr. Smarty Plants, What are the most fire resistant and drought tolerant plants for caliche soil in Austin area? I am considering relocating or removing my wax myrtle shrubs because they are ...
view the full question and answer

Root rot in trees near Lake Wenatchee State Park, WA
June 26, 2011 - Lake Wenatchee State Park, WA has been closed due to root rot for a year. I own a cabin 1 mile from the State Park. I cannot find a single piece of information about whether private property near th...
view the full question and answer

Is Black Cherry allelopathic from Austin
May 21, 2010 - Is the Black Cherry an appropriate tree to plant in north Austin as a shade tree? Your site says this tree may be allelopathic to garden plants . Do you know specifically which plants it might help o...
view the full question and answer

Are Chickasaw plums evergreen?
August 13, 2014 - Are Chickasaw Plums evergreens? I've been very interested in planting a few but some websites say they are evergreens while others say the opposite. Furthermore, would I have to plant a male and fema...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | JOBS | SITEMAP | STAFF INTRANET
© 2016 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center