frost damaged escallonia macrantha

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by flowerpotty, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. flowerpotty

    flowerpotty Gardener

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    The shrub is three years old and due to the severe winter has dropped over 90% of its leaves and the twigs are brown. It still has some live leaves on which are blackened by the frost. Do you think it will recover in the spring if i prune it and feed it?
     
  2. Alice

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    Hello Flowerpotty, escallonia is not 100% hardy although it is pretty tough.
    I grew it as a hedge in my last garden and never had a problem. But this has been a really severe winter.
    I think if you wait until the weather is a bit better then prune it and cut out the dead stuff it will come bouncing back.
    Also it grows very easily from any little rooted bit you dig out.
    I hope your shrub will be OK.
     
  3. theplantman

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    agree with alice above, its a pretty tough plant and should bounce back well from even severe damage.
     
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