Dead Ceanothus - Knowledgebase Question

March 7, 2006
I have had a Ceanothus (Italian Skies) for the last three years which has bloomed regularly every year. this winter it seems to have died. Can it be cut back? do you think it will perk up?

Answer from NGA
March 7, 2006
Ceaonthus can have a short lifespan if the soil drains poorly and it is subjected to high amounts of rainfall. If your plant is not putting out normal spring growth, prune it back to encourage new growth. If the roots are alive it will grow after pruning; if the roots died over the winter months, it won't grow at all you you'll need to replace your shrub. Wish I had better news for you!

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