|Desert Museum Palo Verde growing at |
an odd angle and developing an odd shape
A. I see what you're saying from your pictures, the tree is leaning away from the house and does not look perfectly straight up as you're picturing in your mind it might become. Personally, I try to visualize what this tree might look like as it gets older.
that frequently a tree's character is shaped by its environment and it tends to
grow in reaction to that environment. In other words your tree leaned and grew
in that direction because of its location and the impact from surrounding
plants and the environment.
|Picture the tree as it might look ten years from now.|
It looks strange now but adverse conditions
can create character in plants.
As I picture this tree 10 years from now, with this leaning trunk and major scaffold limbs pruned so they are not in the way, it might have a lot of character. This character would be entirely different than the picture-perfect tree you imagined when you bought it.
I would tend to let it go and as it gets larger remove or cut back limbs that might damage the house and begin to remove the lower limbs if they interfere with human or vehicle traffic. It will begin to straighten out in the next few years. In my opinion, you have the beginning of a tree with quite a bit of character.