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Old 04-12-2013, 09:51 PM
 
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Whenever I'm out in Arizona I am always amazed to see so many homes with queen palms that are in horrible shape. 90 percent of the trees look dead with yellowish-brown and misshapen fronds yet they're still all over the place. Why do people continue to plant these trees when they clearly don't do well in Arizona? They make a lot of properties look poorly kept.

FYI, these are the palm types I'm talking about (picture not from AZ):

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Old 04-12-2013, 10:13 PM
 
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Guilty. LOL. I keep trying. There are many nice specimens in Estrella around the lakes so it can be done. But you are right; it is just not a good tree for our climate. Driving around my neighborhood, I could add Ficus to the list. There are dozens and dozens of brown ones from the frost.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:25 PM
 
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Why do people continue to plant these trees when they clearly don't do well in Arizona?
My best bet, a great salesman.
And folks not accepting where they live.

Just plant a palo verde, they grow like crazy, and are native. Planted one about 10 inches high, after about three or four years it was like 12 ft high.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Metro Phoenix, AZ USA
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I think the soil is too alkaline or otherwise not to their liking, and have to be fed and watered just right, or be in just the right spot, to look good. We had one in the front yard of a house here that was beautiful (I think it's still there, but I'm not sure, we moved from that house years ago) and one in the back yard that was not. I wouldn't have one now.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:32 PM
 
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I agree that they look pretty bad 9 out of 10 times, I dont know why people keep planting them.

As was mentioned, Ficus is another bad one. Although I've always liked how they look, the whole freezing thing really sucks and they basically shed all year long, which is annoying. Id rather have a deciduous tree that drops its leaves all within a couple weeks and then it's clean the rest of the year, plus the changing leaves and the new leaves in the spring look really nice.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:38 PM
 
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They are beautiful trees when they are healthy! They do very well in Southern California, Florida, and along the Gulf Coast. In Arizona, not so much. Speaking of the burned ficus from the hard freeze out there, are most of the trees with brown leaves completely dead or will they be coming back in several months? It's a shame that people spend so much time and energy trying to maintain plants and trees that really can't deal with the Valley's soil or climate.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:49 PM
 
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Most Ive seen are coming back and sprouting new leaves.
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:22 AM
 
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My ficus is growing like gangbusters. The solution for me is to be prepared for the next freeze. I have a giant frost blanket (50ftx50ft) that I just had made for the freeze next year or the year after that. I bought a bunch of quartz halogen work lights for heat. Everything is carefully put away until the next dire freeze warning from National Weather Service. They've been pretty good about giving us a several day heads up on the freezes. My neighbors are very good about helping me pull the blanket over the tree and setting up the lights. My tree was an investment and I think it is like no other. The dense shade the tree provides makes it worth the trouble.
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Old 04-13-2013, 01:30 AM
 
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Queen Palms will do fine here if watered correctly. And most importantly feed them a palm tree fertilizer that includes the micronutrients iron and manganese in it at least 3 times a year.
Fore more information on palm tree care just 'google' care of queen palms in the desert.
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Old 04-13-2013, 01:31 AM
 
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My ficus is growing like gangbusters. The solution for me is to be prepared for the next freeze. I have a giant frost blanket (50ftx50ft) that I just had made for the freeze next year or the year after that. I bought a bunch of quartz halogen work lights for heat. Everything is carefully put away until the next dire freeze warning from National Weather Service. They've been pretty good about giving us a several day heads up on the freezes. My neighbors are very good about helping me pull the blanket over the tree and setting up the lights. My tree was an investment and I think it is like no other. The dense shade the tree provides makes it worth the trouble.
The frost blanket are fine to a point but what do you do when the tree is like 20'-25' tall?
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