Ask a Question forum: Trimming a Wine & Roses Bush w/ Dead Stems

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May 13, 2017 2:05 PM CST

We have several Wine & Roses Bushes (weigela?) in our front yard. This past winter, we have only 1 or 2 decent freezes, and so far, the bushes are coming back just fine with the exception of 2. The only way I can describe it is that roughly half of the stems aren't growing any leaves.

So what's my best move here? Just cut off all the dead stems at the base? They're going to be somewhat lopsided, but do you think they'll come back?


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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
May 13, 2017 4:50 PM CST
cdc - not sure where you're located but I lost over half of two different types of Weigela this past winter. We had a late warm fall and then a blast of frigid weather in December. After that, the winter was milder. I cut off the obviously dead parts and I'm going to let the rest of it bloom and then do a severe pruning to try to shape them. I could prune now and forego the flowers but they'll have plenty of time to grow over the summer.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb

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