The Q&A Archives: frost damage

Question: should I prune the branches without leaves that were damaged by the late cold snap?

Answer: If the branches are still alive, they should releaf. If they are dead, you can go ahead and trim them off. To check for live wood, begin at the tip of the branch. Live wood is supple or flexible and has green inside the bark. Dead wood will be off color brown or gray, will be brittle and snap in your fingers, and has no green inside the bark. Work your way down the plant and trim away any dead tips.

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