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Asked by Malexa on June 11, 2012
Desert Willow

I am new in gardenning. I need help in learning how to help our new 5-year-old willow tree that we just recently planted. We leave in New Mexico, planted tree according to the recommendation. I need to know how much water this tree needs after transplant and for how long it would be on that water regimin? At this point we water it 3 times a week 40 minutes each on dripping system, 1 gallon per hour. Also, this tree started dropping its flowers. Is it normal? Thank you in advance for your advice.
Sincerely,
Mila

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Newly planted trees require lots of water while they establish their roots, usually within the first couple weeks. These articles should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/watering-newly-planted-tree.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/learn-how-to-avoid-and-repair-transplant-shock-in-plants.htm

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Asked by Wes jones on January 23, 2016
Desert Willow Tree

I am interested in planting some desert willow trees but need to know a little more about them. I live in a semi-arid area in Eastern/Central Washington, Cle Elum, where I have hot and dry summers, but snow and low temperatures in the winter. My soil is a clay type. Related to this I wonder about the problem of deer browse. Can you provide these trees if they might be suitable for my location? If not, where might I purchase? This same question applies to the Afghan Pine.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If your temperatures dip below 10 degrees F a Desert Willow Tree would likely freeze.
Here is a link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/desert-willow/caring-for-desert-willow-trees.htm

The Afghan Pine has a hardiness rating down to -10 degrees F.

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Asked by donnastembridge1 on January 29, 2017
Does Desert Willow Have Destructive Root System?

Does the desert willow tree tend to be destructive to driveways, cement or foundations?

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Alisma
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Desert willow (botanical name Chilopsis linearis) doesn't tend to have destructive roots, so it can be planted relatively close to structures:
https://cals.arizona.edu/cochise/mg/plant-profile-desert-willow

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Asked by pat_kennedy2003 on June 1, 2017
Desert Willow Tree

My desert willow has stared losing its leaves. Half the tree has leaves and blossoms, on the other half the leaves are dyeing and falling off. However the limbs are still pliable.
It has been in my yard about 5 years. Has been very healthy until this spring.
Can you help me?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Desert Willow are quite pest free and drought tolerant.

Poorly draining soil and excess moisture from rains can cause die back of the plant.

This link will refresh you on the care requirements.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/desert-willow/caring-for-desert-willow-trees.htm

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Asked by Papagrande on July 17, 2017
Desert Willow

15 yrs old, 25w X 25H. Losing tops of limbs to summer storms. Need plan
Of action to maintain.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Tip dieback is a typical phenomenon; the dead
twigs can be easily pruned out in ornamental plantings
once the plants have leafed out in the spring. Irregular
growth requires attention early on to promote desired
trunk development. Desert willow may be pruned to form
a tree or shrub as desired. Since blooms occur on new
wood, the more it is pruned, the more it flowers.
Avoid over fertilizing, since this can send out long growth branches that don't withstand wind very well.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/desert-willow/caring-for-desert-willow-trees.htm

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Asked by cjranch on September 22, 2017
Desert Willow Bark(?) Bugs

I live in southern NM & have more that 16 desert willows in my yard. They have been here for at least 10 years. Recently, I noticed what looked like mud on their bark. When I brushed it off, I saw thousands of very tiny, dark bugs. Should I be worried? If so, what should I use on them?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

The black on the bark is likely Sooty Mold, which is generally caused by a Scale or Aphid pest.
I would treat them with Neem Oil.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/how-to-get-rid-of-sooty-mold.htm

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