Eastern Snowball bush - Knowledgebase Question

Milwaukee, WI
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Question by jheckert
November 7, 2006
Hi -

I recently purchased a 1.6 gal Eastern Snowball bush locally.

However, I am unclear about how I should protect it this first winter.

Living in Southeastern Wisconsin things get a bit cold. For the first 2 weeks when the weather was below freezing I covered it to keep the frost off and then uncovered it during the day so it gets some sun - or rain.

Should I purchase something to keep it covered permanently over the winter months? If so, should it be covered now or wait until the first snow?

Thank you so much for your assistance.

Answer from NGA
November 7, 2006
Your snowball bush is hardy in Wisconsin. If it is in the ground, simply mulch over the roots after your first frost; if it is in a container above ground, sink the container into the ground and mulch over it to keep the roots from freezing. The top of your plant does not need to be covered - it will winter over without problem.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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