As most of you I need to replace some trees/shrubs after the big freeze. My 24 box Sumac is toast. I 'm considering a 24box Shamel Ash. Any pro's / con's would be much appreciated. It would be on the north side of my lot with full sun year round. Windy area, plenty of room
marcelloblanco, as long as we don't get another freeze next year. I put in a Shamel Ash Oct of '05. It was looking nice, very leafy and bushy through 2006, lost all its leaves and was rebudding just before The Big Freeze of 2007. Those buds froze and I still do not see any new growth. Hope I don't lose it but right now I'm not so sure it's going to come back.
It's a great tree but does need more water than some others. If I lose it I will be more xeric in its replacement.
my 24" box shamel lost its leaves the first year(05-06), and came back early, almost right away. This year the same, in spite of the '07 freeze it beat every other tree in the neighborhood leafing out. I see no sigh that this is not a cold hearty tree., and I can say it handles the heat very well. My chinese elms are now showing new leaves, but they are far behind the shamel. My shamel faces west and handles the direct hot late day sun no problem. They grow quite large here, ultimately 30-35' tall and quite wide(25'). There are a bunch of old ones near where I work, they all look pretty good and are nearly all leafed out now. Some of these trees get disease and lose whole large branches, but they keep going, throw nice shade in summer.
I think the reason my Shamel ash is struggling is because this is its first full year in the ground. I know that other mature, established trees (ficus for example) took the freeze better than new starts.
I lost two trees that where just planted in April 06 one was a Sumac (crisp to the bottom) :( OK It looks like I will plant the Shamel. But Can they take the hot desert sun June thru September? I have a Magnolia that keeps me pretty busy in the summer so I don't need to have another problem child.
Marcello, my shamel ash takes the hot western sun, no problem. Prepare the ground for fast root growth, and the tree will be established against hot and cold faster. Just assure good drainage with sand and compost.