The Q&A Archives: Frost Bitten Trees And Shrubs

Question: After 3-4days of record heat early May which brought out allthe buds and leaves so fast, we then had 3-4 nights of extreme cold and heavy frost here in the Northeast. The damage is everywhere. Is there any thing I can do for my wisteria,bayberry and hydgrangia? Or are they pretty much lost for this year. I don't ever recall this happening before. All the leaves and buds on these plants are dead, all the apple tree flowers turned brown and droppd off. Many others like the lilac and rhodos are OK. Also we are in a very heavily wooded area. Most of the Oaks and Hickory large and small were hit too? Can they come back? Sorry for being so long winded, andy help or advise would be appreciated,

Answer: Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to repair the damage but it should not be fatal to the plants. In many cases the plants will garner enough energy to produce new foliage and shoots, and within a few weeks the frost damage will be concealed by the new growth. In a few cases the frost may have killed back a portion of the stems or branches and these will need to be removed. Allow some time for the plants to leaf out, then trim as needed to make things look better. The hydrangeas, for example, may need the trimming.

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