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Hong Kong Orchid Tree

Posted by immobilus Tucson (midtown) (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 14, 13 at 20:44

My Hong Kong Orchid Tree planted late last summer is still dormant. The branches are very brittle and scratching the bark does not reveal any green. Is this normal, should the tree have begun leafing out by now? Should I contact the nursery?

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RE: Hong Kong Orchid Tree

  • Posted by haname z9 AZ NE Phoenix (My Page) on
    Fri, Mar 15, 13 at 0:03

Mine froze to the ground. :( It's coming back, but just from the roots. I'm pulling it and trying again, but this winter, the trunk will be wrapped at the slightest threat of frost.

RE: Hong Kong Orchid Tree

  • Posted by AJBB 9b (My Page) on
    Fri, Mar 15, 13 at 22:46

Your tree is most likely dead, especially if it was in the ground for less than a year. The Hong Kong Orchid Tree can't take temps under 28.

Consider a different orchid tree that will tolerate the cold of the Sonoran desert, like the Anacacho Orchid tree or Chihuahua Orchid trees. Although I've never grown one, a Mexican Orchid Tree will likely work as well.

RE: Hong Kong Orchid Tree

Mine is starting to leaf out and it was never protected this winter. It got as cold as 26 over here.

How big is your tree?

RE: Hong Kong Orchid Tree

My Hong Kong orchid has been in the ground 1 1/2 years. Got zapped in the frost. Had Christmas tree lights wrapped around the trunk and up into some of the branches. No buds yet. Keeping my fingers crossed. Northeast Phoenix.

RE: Hong Kong Orchid Tree

Min is about as tall as that but the trunk is about twice the size of yours and shoots are growing everywhere now. It's been on the ground for 2 years now.

Have you tried breaking any of the branches closer to the trunk to see if they're still green or at least not brittle?

RE: Hong Kong Orchid Tree

Yes, I did. I'm thinking its probably a goner. I bought it for $60 at AZ green things in tucson. I thought I lost a lot of things actually but my crape myrtles are leafing out, tecoma stans is coming up from the root, and butterfly bush is growing like crazy.

I'm really bummed. It was beautiful when I planted, and yes the limbs are brittle. Goldie, I think the trunk on mine is about twice as thick as yours but its not as branchy.

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