Orchid Tree

immobilus(9a)January 27, 2013

Hi Guys:

In or around August, I planted a young orchid tree about six feet tall. It went through a letter heat stress during the August-September heat, but flourished once the weather cooled down. About two weeks ago, in Tucson, it got to about 24 degrees for three nights in a row, mid-50's during the day, and then warmed back up. I did not cover the tree like I probably should have. The young tree has lost all its leaves. As you can see, the stem is fine but the branches have turned a red-ish color. I know localized discoloration of hard wood tends to mean localized death. I called the nursery, and he said since the tree doesn't have leaves it cannot feed itself. He told me to mix cane sugar with warm water and soak it deep into the roots. I just did that. He told me to begin fertilizing in about a month. He said even if the branches did die, it will grow new ones, possibly on a split trunk, and become a fuller plant.

Based on the picture, where you can see the red discoloration, does anyone have any suggestions? How/when should I prune the dead branches. Do the branches appear dead to you? (I scratched the trunk with my nails and its green, the branches are brittle though.)

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
haname(z9 AZ NE Phoenix)

Our Hong Kong orchid tree froze the first year we planted it too. The dominant leader was killed back, changing the form of the tree. Now it's more like a large, multi-stemmed shrub but with training it should still look nice.

Hold off on pruning until after all chance of frost has passed for your area. I personally would just wait until after new growth tells you what parts are alive and what parts are dead.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 7:46AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
azbolt

I was going to reply, but I noticed that I would have been saying word for word what haname above said!

So it should come back, but it will never look quite the same....

Kevin

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 3:22PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
immobilus(9a)

Well, I nicked the trunk with a knife and it is green beneath the bark. Even some of the branches, though thin, seem to be slightly green inside. After mornings with freeze I've been watering it with a watering can with hot water so the roots warm off quickly.

When should the orchid tree begin leading out again? It's the first I've ever planted. I know crape myrtles are late to leaf out generally but started doing so in early March last year because of our warmer climate.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 12:17PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Rubber plant
I would like to transplant my rubber plant from a pot...
jnine
Gardenia help needed
I have bought a potted gardenia plant from Home Depot...
moutia_k
Which plants they are?
Anyone can help me identify these 3 plants? I have...
lenering
Garden Club Plant Sale Sat. Mar. 14
http://www.gardenersofeastvalley.org/gardenersofeastvalley.org/plant_sale_15.html East...
sundrop07
Lawn renovation/reseeding - Phoenix AZ
Thank you everybody for a wonderful forum. I am a new...
adi_az_gw
Sponsored Products
Hyre's Country Haven Teak Double Back Double Rocker - 215-DBDR
$899.98 | Hayneedle
Lume Round Tree Wall Mirrow in Brown Coffee
Zuri Furniture
New York State Kitchen Towel
$11.99 | zulily
Bird Silhouette Wall Art
Grandin Road
Bird Garden Candlestick - Small
Grandin Road
Giant Rose Silk Flower Arrangement
Overstock.com
New Hand Knotted Wool Pakistani Runner Peshawar Ivory Chobi Area Rug H6058
BH Sun Inc
Morph Orchid Pod Table Lamp
$585.95 | Bellacor
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™