My name is Diana Elizabeth. I'm a photographer, writer, graphic designer and model who had memorable days reporting from the LA red carpet for E! Online. I love sharing my life as a creative professional and the things that I discover along the way - with camera in hand.

My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I enjoy traveling, home improvement projects, and gardening. This is a glimpse into my life and work.

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Painting the Citrus Trees

Have you ever noticed the trunks of citrus trees – lemon, grapefruit, oranges are painted white?  Well, I decided to give our grapefruit trees a new fresh coat of tree trunk paint!

So, why do people paint the trunks white you ask?

No, it’s not for bugs.  Basically it’s to prevent your trees from getting a sunburn, especially when they are young.  They will get a sunburn, and it’s no doubt about that in this Arizona sun! The reason is because the leaves/branches aren’t long enough to shade the trunks.

The paint is basically non-toxic latex paint but you can buy special tree trunk paint anywhere. I bought two quarts of Arizona’s Best Tree Trunk Paint at Home Depot in the garden department.  One quart of paint is enough for one tree trunk and is $6.  It will take you maybe 45 minutes to slap on the paint if there’s already paint on there, adding another coat doesn’t take long.

Now, our trees are 50+ years old, actually a neighbor told me they were closer to 80 years old.  Woah. My neighborhood sits on a former citrus grove, so almost all of our neighbors have a citrus tree on their land.  So right now painting really isn’t necessary since they are mature trees, but it definitely looks great and so people still paint them for that reason.  And you all know I like to keep things pretty around here!

Before the front yard grapefruit tree:

Before, backyard grapefruit tree:

I’m not sure when the last time it was the trees got painted, but since I moved in almost a year ago I haven’t thought about the tree trunks until now.  So, off to paint I went!

After, the front yard tree:

And, the backyard tree (I also did some pruning afterwards):

Yes, I decided to paint our baby orange tree too since he definitely needs to make sure he doesn’t get sunburnt! After all, that was the real purpose of the paint, right?

Diana Elizabeth did wear her orange straw Anthropologie garden hat as she did this.

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3 Notes Left

  1. amy says:

    the baby tree looks so adorable with the tiny coat of paint!! aww!

  2. Irv Smith says:

    I live in Houston and want to paint the bottom of my large crepe myrtle a deep indigo color. (As was done on a bunch of trees in a Houston park by an artist.) Any ideas on how best to color my Tree Trunk White paint? Food coloring, RIT dye, get some colorant from local paint store?(This paint apparently not available in Houston area so I bought on Internet.)

  3. Hi Irv – the white paint for tree trunks I heard is 1 part latex house paint, 1 part water. So I would suggest if you want the purple, I would go in and get a latex purple household paint and add the same amount of water to it to get the consistency of most white tree trunk paint.

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