3 Things to Know about Sissoo Tree Removal

Living in the Phoenix, Arizona area there is one thing most residents know; finding the right plants for your yard can be difficult. Between the brief freezing temperatures to the blazing hot summers, finding the perfect plants to thrive can be difficult. One of the most prolific trees you can find in the Grand Canyon State is the Sissoo Tree; also known as the “Shisham” tree or North Indian Rosewood. The Sissoo tree grows incredibly fast and provides an abundance of shade on a hot summer day, but its damaging root system can cause monumental issues.



Sissoo trees are drought resistant, thrive in poor desert soil, and love tons of direct sunlight. All of these sound like great qualities. The only issue being, you have to be aware of how much room the root system needs. With a span of up to 50 feet, many residents new to the Phoenix area are not aware of how quickly the root system can move in and wreak havoc on the home. These damaging roots overthrow everything they encounter including the home’s foundation, retaining walls, irrigation lines, pools, and sidewalks. The roots of the North Indian Rosewood are destructive.

You may be wondering why the sissoo tree is so popular throughout the state of Arizona even though it can be destructive to your home? This tree is typically used where erosion is an issue. One of the most prevalent places for this use is along the Phoenix freeway, which was built below ground level. Here are three (3) important facts to know about the sissoo tree.

Sissoo Tree is Not Considered Invasive

As your sissoo tree grows and continues to bloom, the seedpods scatter about. The seedpods of a sissoo tree have been known to spread as far as 100 feet, making it nearly impossible to fully remove them. This meaning, the best route to go is to hire a well-experienced arborist. Of course, you begin by cutting the tree down to a stump. Because the Dalbergia sissoo tree is hardwood, you need to use a stump grinder. Once there you must use a special herbicide on the roots to kill them. In the past, some have tried to use bleach to kill the shisham tree. This has been known to kill some of the branches, but the roots will continue to thrive and produce seedpods. However, according to many horticulturists, this is more of a nuisance than an invasion.


Removal of a Sissoo Tree is Time Consuming

Usually, when you have a tree removed, you can leave the stump and there are no residual problems. Unfortunately, with the sissoo tree, this is when your problems actually begin. After the sissoo is cut it begins to form sprouts from every root that is still in the soil. To avoid growing an accidental forest in your yard you will have to follow the following steps:


  1. Call an arborist near you to safely cut down the tree – leaving the stump approximately 18-24″ tall
  2. Drill holes into the outer ring of the stump
  3. Fill the holes with a contact herbicide
  4. The poison will kill the stump and most of the roots

You will need additional trunk treatments over several months to keep the seedpods from recurring. One of the best ways to streamline the process is to have the roots dug up prior to beginning the chemical treatment.

Contact New Heights Tree Service – Pheonix, AZ

New Heights Tree Service is a family-owned company that has been providing quality work to the surrounding areas of Phoenix, Arizona since 2001. We take pride in serving both commercial and residential areas throughout the Valley of the Sun. We understand that when dealing with the sissoo tree or any tree, one wrong move could cost you a lot of money. New Heights is dedicated to working quickly and efficiently to assist you with the removal of your problematic sissoo tree. Contact us today to find out how we can help you!