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ficus nitida troubles

I have a ficus nitida tree in my front yard which faces west. I live in mesa, arizona. My trouble is in the summer my tree leaves start to turn brown and dry out. Then when I water the tree the leaves start to turn yellow. This goes on all summer long. I have no problems in the winter. I planted the tree in 2007 since then it hasn't grown or anything. How do I get the leaves to stop doing this and get it to grow to be a great shade tree.
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Ficus nitida is somewhat sensitive to changes in the environment. In order to keep it from developing yellow and brown leaves that drop off, provide it with a more uniform moisture supply. Begin watering before you notice any change in leaf color. That way you can prevent the moisture stress that leads to the leaf discoloration and leaf loss.

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