Yellow Mesquite Leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Las Vegas, NV
Question by J12135840
October 23, 1999
Leaves on my mesquite tree are turning yellow and falling off. This happened to this tree once before and I was able to grow tree back from new growth at bottom of trunk, but now it's happening again tree is only 1 year old and was doing great in summer.

Answer from NGA
October 23, 1999


Most mesquite trees sold are deciduous, dropping their leaves in fall and releafing when temperatures warm in late February/early March. (Native Americans used the tree releafing as a signal to plant crops.) Prosopis alba or Argentine mesquite is nearly evergreen, but it will also shed old leaves as new ones appear. It is not sold as commonly as P. chilensis or Chilean mesquite. Since your tree is so young, it may have dropped its leaves earlier due to transplant shock.

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