Landscaping With Attractive Sissoo Tree
Sissoo trees (Dalbergia sissoo) are attractive landscape trees with leaves that tremble in a breeze much like quaking aspens. Noted for their bright green, aspen-like foliage, slightly twisted trunk and branching pattern, the Sissoo trees are perfectly at home in Western landscapes as large shade providers. With its classic-style leafy shade tree appearance, these low water using trees have become increasingly popular and are appearing more and more in virtually every style of landscape for their ability to provide cooling shade around homes with very low amounts of water. In the home landscape the sissoo tree is primarily grown as a large shade tree, as its broad canopy may equal or exceed its height. Sissoo trees need full sun or partial shade, and will grow well in almost any well-drained soil. They need deep irrigation on a regular basis in order to develop a dense canopy. Otherwise, Dalbergia sissoo trees produce sparse shade. These trees develop iron chlorosis, or yellowing leaves, due to lack of iron uptake in alkaline soils. You can treat this condition with iron chelate and magnesium sulfate fertilizers.
Citrus fertilizer is an excellent choice for routine fertilization. Although sissoo tree care is easy, it has a couple of drawbacks that add to your routine landscape care. The tree develops thick surface roots that make mowing the lawn a challenge. These roots can lift pavements and foundations if planted too close. Sissoo trees also produce a lot of litter. The branches and twigs are brittle and often break off, creating a mess to cleanup. You will also have to clean up falling seed pods in autumn.