Watering Guide: Trees

How to water new trees in Arizona.

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How Much Water?

When planting new trees in Arizona it’s important to know how to care for your tree after it’s in the ground. A large piece of tree care is knowing how often you should water your specific tree. More in depth details are provided below.

Approximate Quantity of Water You Should Apply

Fall, Winter & Spring

  • Size 3-5 gallon shrubs need 3-4 gallons of water each time they receive water.
  • Size Super Trees need 6-10 gallons of water each time they receive water.
  • Size Huge Instant Trees need 12-16 gallons of water each time they receive water.
  • Size Blockbuster Trees need 16-20 gallons of water each time they receive water.
  • Size Giant Trees need 22-26 gallons of water each time they receive water.
  • Size B Specimen need 30-36 gallons of water each time they receive water.
  • Size C Specimen & up need 40-50 gallons of water each time they receive water.

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Summer

  • Size 3-5 gallon shrubs need 4-5 gallons of water each time they receive water.
  • Size Super Trees need 15 gallons of water each time they receive water.
  • Size Huge Instant Trees need 24 gallons of water each time they receive water.
  • Size Blockbuster Trees need 30 gallons of water each time they receive water.
  • Size Giant Trees need 36 gallons of water each time they receive water.
  • Size B Specimen need 42 gallons of water each time they receive water.
  • Size C Specimen & up need 48 gallons of water each time they receive water.

Symptoms of Water Stress

  • These are signs of too much water or too little water:
    Excessive wilting or leaf loss
  • These are signs of too much water or too little water:
    Brown “burnt spots on leaves”
  • These are signs of too much water or too little water:
    Stunted, small new growth
  • These are signs of too much water or too little water:
    Yellowing of interior leaves

Watering Schedule

Ficus Nitida
Jacaranda
Queen Palm
Purple Plum
Pygmy Date
Deciduous Fruit Trees
Tropical Varieties Watering Schedule
  • Summer / Above 100 degrees
    Water 4 to 5 times per week
  • Fall / 85-100 degrees
    Water 2 times per week
  • Winter / below 85 degrees
    Water 1 time per week
  • Spring / 85-100 degrees
    Water 2 times per week
Pepper
Citrus
Live Oak
Pine
Mex. Fan Palm
Sub-Tropical Varieties Watering Schedule
  • Summer / Above 100 degrees
    Water 3 to 4 times per week
  • Fall / 85-100 degrees
    Water 2 times per week
  • Winter / below 85 degrees
    Water 1 time per week
  • Spring / 85-100 degrees
    Water 2 times per week
Mesquite
Texas Ebony
Palo Verda
Vitex
Palo Brea
Willow Acacia
Sissoo
Desert/Native Varieties Watering Schedule
  • Summer / Above 100 degrees
    Water 3 to 4 times per week
  • Fall / 85-100 degrees
    Water 2 times per week
  • Winter / below 85 degrees
    Water 1 time per week
  • Spring / 85-100 degrees
    Water 2 times per week

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