Bottle Brush Trees
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Bottle Brush Tree

Zone 29487 | Anonymous added on March 6, 2019 | Answered

we live in Charleston SC our bottle brush tree was hit with cold this winter and all the leaves our brown. How do I know if the tree will survive ?

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MichiganDot
Answered on March 6, 2019

Temporary cold may kill leaves but not the tree. It is hardier and has a sturdy root system that is protected from cold, above-ground air. Small twigs may die. You can check by lightly scratching the bark. If there is a nice green layer under it, that's great. If it is medium brown, it's dead. Trim off dead twigs and brown leaves. You will soon see new leaf buds. I would give your tree some nitrogen to help it deal with this setback.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/tips-for-saving-cold-damaged-plants.htm

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