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TonyMiami
Oct 12, 2017 11:29 AM CST

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Hello,
All my Desert Willow's leaves are brown and curled on the tips. What is causing this?
Thanks for your help.
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Yorkshirelass
Oct 12, 2017 12:14 PM CST

Could be lack of water. Willows are very thirsty plants and soon brown at the tips if they don'e have enough to drink. A cold wind may also show this type of browning.
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plantmanager
Oct 12, 2017 12:21 PM CST
This last summer was very hot and dry. I'm thinking it will perk up now that you're cooling down.
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DaisyI
Oct 12, 2017 1:49 PM CST
Welcome!

Desert Willows (Chilopsis linearis) aren't actually willows, they are related to Catalpa trees, and are native to the hot southwest deserts. Please don't water more, you will drown it.

How long has this tree been in your care? Do you know what it looked like last year at this time? I don't worry about brown leaf tips on deciduous trees this time of year - summer temps and winds take their toll.
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TonyMiami
Oct 12, 2017 3:02 PM CST

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4 years. Last year, same behavior. Summer temps were hot. I live in Phoenix.
Thanks!

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DaisyI
Oct 12, 2017 8:16 PM CST
Then you are good.
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