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ScottH
Feb 28, 2018 3:46 PM CST
I have a Tabebuia tree here in Florida and we had some very cold days this winter (below 30 on several nights). The tree had already bloomed out in January and now it appears that the spring buds are damaged. There is some new growth down low, but for the most part it's not greening up like the other trees.

Should I cut it back back and if so how far back?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 28, 2018 5:25 PM CST
Welcome!

I've never grown a Tabebuia tree but I have dealt with frost damaged trees. I looked it up - Tabebuia trees are hardy in Zones 9b to 11. Zone 9 low temperatures are between 20 and 30 so I assume your tree is still alive but pretty damaged. I always wait for freeze damaged trees to start to grow before I do any pruning. That way, you will know exactly how much tree you have left and, if there is another frost, your tree has some protection (the dead parts are insulation).

You have some new growth lower down in your tree but wait; you may be surprised to find it re-grows higher up.
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Name: Bill
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BigBill
Feb 28, 2018 9:06 PM CST
I agree. Wait wait wait.
In another six weeks to two months you will be able to see just how much this tree recovers. Mine down here are just starting to flower. Typically most bloom between March and mid April.
Honestly though, Irma screwed up my red mulberry tree. Normally it loses all of its leaves in August and leafs out after the holidays. Fruits are abundant from mid February through April. This year it re-leafed in late October, 6 weeks after Irma and I got a smaller then normal crop of berries. Now leaves are dropping slowly with some new growths here and there but no new berry production. So if a storm can cause the mulberry to act silly, imagine what cold might do. By now I should be swimming in berries!
Just be patient.
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ScottH
Mar 1, 2018 11:27 AM CST
To Daisyl & Big Bill,
Thank you so much for your quick replies, I'll wait it out.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 1, 2018 11:38 AM CST
Thumbs up
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