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GinnyC
Feb 14, 2018 1:27 PM CST
After a rough freeze patch here in SC, my dwarf bottlebrush are looking tan instead of green. Are they goners?
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plantmanager
Feb 14, 2018 1:47 PM CST
I can't answer for your area, Ginny, but I had one in Arizona that froze one year and had to be cut to the ground. It did come back from the roots. I hope yours will do that.
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DaisyI
Feb 14, 2018 1:52 PM CST
How cold did it get? I think they are hardy into the low 20's.
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GinnyC
Feb 14, 2018 4:36 PM CST
It got cold...we had ice.
I was just walking around today and everything seems to have buds except my bottlebrush, which are in containers, and were in the process of blooming because of the warm December weather.
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plantmanager
Feb 14, 2018 4:40 PM CST
Mine experienced 22 degrees for 2 nights in a row, but they were in the ground.
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Txtea
Feb 14, 2018 6:06 PM CST
GinnyC, I am afraid your bottle brush is gone this happened to one I had also planted in the grown.
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GinnyC
Feb 14, 2018 6:16 PM CST
Thanks everybody...had a feeling they were a lost cause. Will plant new ones.
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DaisyI
Feb 14, 2018 6:51 PM CST
Ginny, Before tossing them, do a 'scratch test'. Scratch the bark with your fingernail. If the plant is alive, the layer under the bark will be green. If the plant is dead, it will be hard or brown. Plants that have budded out are often killed by late hard freezes around here but it usually takes more than one freeze. Container plants are more susceptible to freeze death than plants in the ground as plants in the ground have the entire Earth for insulation.

BTW, ice forms close to 32 degrees (the exact temperature is dependent upon a few other factors) - that's not cold. Smiling
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ShadyGreenThumb
Feb 14, 2018 7:03 PM CST
There are a lot of dwarf bottle brush in our area. Some of the landscape companies are cutting back the frozen dead stuff already. But they've left the bottle brush bushes alone. I think if your ground didn't freeze for an extended amount of time, there's a good chance the roots are fine and the plant will come back.
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DaisyI
Feb 14, 2018 7:14 PM CST
I had them in Zone 8 but in the ground. The temperatures got down to the mid-teens a couple times a year. I had some dieback but never completely lost one. Do the scratch test low down and near the center of the plant.
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GinnyC
Feb 15, 2018 4:39 PM CST
Well I did the scratch test and all I got under the bark was tan and some dark brown. The little branches, at the top, just snap and break but the larger ones are a little pliable but tan under the surface. Guess they bit the dust.
Thanks for the suggestions.
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DaisyI
Feb 15, 2018 5:57 PM CST
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