What are they?
What is the soil like? (texture, depth, pH, content)
How moist is it? (scrape away the bark and stick your finger in)
The first looks about to die. Why are so many branches cut off? What
direction is the wall from #1? How many hours a day does the sun hit the
The second doesn't look too bad but the photo is overexposed and I can't see
the colour of the leaves. What seems to be wrong with it?
I have no idea. They were there since my family moved here (months).
From what I saw and touched, it gets wet during the nightly water
sprinklers. When dried from the sun during hot times, then they get
hard. I know there are snails, Argentine ants, roly pollies (pill/sow
bugs), lizards, coyotes (rarely), etc.
OK, I will try that. I will need to find a way to rip its barks.
That is why I was posting. It is not doing well. It got too big and
interfere with this adjacent walkway. I'd say the sun shine in this area
from the late morning hours to late afternoon/early evening hours. This
area gets way too bright for me to close my window blinds, so I could
see my computer monitors. The sun rises behind this white wall among the
huge hill with green trees, plants, etc.
Ignore the green leaves in the background. The tree is pretty has no
leaves like the other one. :/
Facing this wall, it is about 58 degrees (NE) according to iOS v8.3's
If it was cut back because it was impinging on the walkway
and given how tiny it is now, I'd say the problem was that
way too much was taken off. It sounds like it went from
a substantial bush to just a stick, was severely shocked
and is now struggling and may never recover.
The other pic of the small tree, looks like there is a hole
in the trunk near the top and also possibly smaller holes
in the branches. If so, it probably has a boring insect of
some kind. Once they are at work, it's usually over.
You need to find out. With no information about the conditions any
diagnosis of the problem will be a wild guess.
I mean the bark chips on top of the soil not the bark of the tree.
So you hacked it down to little more than a stump? Before pruning it is an
idea to find out what the plant is and how to prune it.
Before you cut it what did it look like?
I'd say the sun shine in this
Brick or stone walls reflect a lot of heat and store it until after
nightfall. Perhaps the plant is getting baked.
I don't know what that means. Are we talking about the same plant?
This is not clear to me. Do you mean the wall run NE to SW and so you are
standing on the SE side of it? Or if you face the wall you are facing NE,
that is you are on the SW side of it? I'm confused.
The point is if the sun is mainly on the other side of the wall a short
sun-loving plant will never get enough sun to grow well. If the sun is on
the same side as the plant it may get baked on hot days. How serious this
may be depends on the plnat, the soil and how much water it gets.
Oh! Ha, I was going to ask how to rip its bark to check. :)
I don't even remember now. :/
Hmm. What about previous heat waves (can get up to 100F degrees!) like
last year? Recently, it hasn't been that hot but it is coming again like
Oops. I meant to say "... The tree pretty has no leaves like the other
one..." There's a naked small tree, without leaves, in the front of the
wall with lots of green plants up the hill.
I was facing this white wall with the iPhone horizontally pointing at it
in front of me.
Ah. Hmm, how can we figure out these unidentified plants with very few
tiny leaves to know what it wants (less sun, more water, etc.).