|Freeze damage to shoestring acacia|
Is there any reason why they would lose so many leaves? My understanding with these trees is they produce very little litter but that is not the case. I would appreciate any help you could give me on this. Also there are 4 emitters for each tree about eight to ten feet from the trunk.
A. Shoestring Acacias (Acacia stenophylla) has a long record of success in desert regions of the west. This good history of success is often the result its adaptability and letting the soil dry between waterings.
|Flowers of shoestring acacia|
After 5 years in the ground I would think your watering cycle could be as much an issue as anything. Unless you live on some of the very sandy, stable dune soils of Palm Springs or in southern California/southwestern Arizona (Yuma mesa area) trees in the ground for 5 years would be better watered much less frequently with a larger volume at each watering. This would also include having the source of the water being moved out away from the trunk targeting the water out closer to the drip line of the tree.
Whether there might be a disease involved and complicating the situation is nearly secondary. The watering regime you described could easily have set up the conditions for the fungus to get started and any treatment would include a change in watering schedule to allow drying between waterings.
Please feel free to respond if you have any questions or other things that might have 'hit' the tree. Things like: root damage from digging, severe wind that may have damaged the trunk, certain herbicide (weed killer) usage, pool back flushing, inadvertent chemicals spilled in the area, compaction from parking vehicles in the tree's shade, etc.
I would be interested if you live in a marginal cold area. This tree begins to suffer if the temperatures drop to the high 'teens.