I planted one in Alpine and one at the oasis, and neither of them looks good. Nevertheless, I think I'll plant a couple more in the spring. They're almost evergreen and can bear fruit twice a year. Awesome! Meanwhile, I watered and pruned the one here at the oasis.
Admittedly, after I cut off the dead stuff there wasn't much left. But it's alive and putting on new growth, so there's hope.Here is the Mexican Elder tree in Alpine. Hardly any green on it. I'm wondering if it's unhealthy being so close to the pond. I'm going to plant one somewhere else and see what happens.
The yellowish-green is from a tree in the background. There are only a few sprigs of vivid green leaves on the elder. But they're pretty tough trees. If I have the energy tomorrow I'll try to take a better photo and dig out some of the grass around it. I just got to town and I'm pooped. So much to do.