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Name: Random Bunny
Indiana (Zone 5b)
random_bunny75
May 15, 2020 2:49 PM CST
We had a hard frost in Indiana last week and all our Green Velvet Boxwood, about 4 year old bushes, that had vigorous spring growth going prior to frost, are showing signs of frost damage. About 50% of new growth (shoots) have turned white- almost bleached- and they have flopped over- meaning they are not standing up right.

Should I leave them alone or should I prune them and get rid of these shoots? Any suggestions appreciated. Thank you

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 15, 2020 3:52 PM CST
Leave them alone. If you have another frost, those frozen bits are the plant's protection. After the weather warms permanently and new growth shows, you can prune anything still dead.
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Name: Random Bunny
Indiana (Zone 5b)
random_bunny75
May 16, 2020 6:58 PM CST
No more frost expected. It was freakish to for hard frost in May for Indiana.

Anyway- I think I may leave them alone and see how the bushes react over next several couple of weeks and then prune them I guess.

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