Bottlebrush Damaged by Freeze - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by htigrett
February 6, 2011
I live between zones 8 & 9; last year we had a hard freeze and all the leaves on my bottlebrush turned brown and fell off. The tree is about 8' tall; spring and summer went by with no growth whatsoever; finally in the fall a lot of suckers started to grow at the base of the truck, but all the branches on the top look like dead sticks. Should I cut off all the branches on top to prune it?

Answer from NGA
February 6, 2011
If you saw no new growth at all on the branches, they are certainly dead and should be pruned off the plant. The new growth at the base indicates the root system is okay, though, so once you remove the old branches, the new growth should take over. Best wishes with your landscape.

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