Will my Ficus make it after frost damage?
Well, the frost of 2011 will go down in history as one of the worst here in Arizona. There were 3 days of frost on the first of the year 2011, but that didnt have much effect on my Ficus tree, just the tops and one of the outlying branches got killed. But the frost last night, the night of Feb. 3, 2011, the Ficus really got walloped. Im sooooo sad, heartbroken. I have only had the Ficus one year, and now all the outer leaves are brown, killed by the frost, and while the inside looks green, I really have no idea how extensive the damage is. Can anyone help me decide what to do? They are young enough that I could maybe replace them with a more frost-tolerant tree, though I wouldnt know which one at this point can grow as fast, be evergreen leafy shade tree, and yet be frost tolerant. Every neighbor with Ficus in their lawns in this South Scottsdale neighborhood ALL have their Ficus looking sickly, beat up by the frost. Dont know what to do, dont know how deep the damage could be, or its effects on the tree long-term. I dont want to have a sick tree, it is not like a Lantana that will just spring back up after a frost, right? Ficus takes this pretty hard, I think. Did I make a wise choice planting a Ficus tree in Arizona?