The Q&A Archives: Curled Leaves On Rhododendron

Question: I live in zone 7 and the leaves on my rhododendron have curled. I suppose due to the cold weather. Is that a normal reaction to winter weather?

Answer: Yes, the leaves will curl lengthwise in response to cold and then uncurl when the weather moderates. In a very cold spell they may all but curl up entirely and also hang downward at a steep angle. It looks like the plant is literally recoiling in protest at the shock of cold.

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