Should I paint the trunck
I have a Black Mission tree planted last October and it appears to be doing well. Yeah! This will be its first summer here in the low desert of AZ. I'm wondering if I should paint the trunk like we do with our citrus trees to protect them from the scorching sun. Any ideas? Also, in the photo you'll see an "off-shoot" on the tree, should I cut it off or leave it alone?
Sorry if the pics sideways, I've tried rotating it several times to no avail.