spring snow damage - Knowledgebase Question

South Lyon, MI
Question by tsangchrist
May 27, 2005
I have 4 dwarf burning bush that were doing just fine with early spring leaves. And then a sudden late spring heavy snow storm came; all the leaves brown out. I have prune the top braches off 2 weeks ago. But so far, the plants have not grow any new leaves. Does this sound normal to you? What suggestions do you have as what I need to do? Thanks in advance.

Answer from NGA
May 27, 2005


Late spring frosts and snows can really damage plants, as you've discovered. You did the right thing in pruning off the damage. Your shrubs should begin to show new growth a little later in the growing season. It will take them a little time to recover because they used up a lot of stored energy producing the first flush of foliage. Now that that's gone, the roots will muster up more energy and produce new foliage and some new stems. Just be patient with your plants. I'm sure they will recover from the damage.

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