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Q.Clethra spring budding

Zone 04073 | Karen Casey added on May 9, 2017 | Answered

Hi Gardening Expert: This is our first spring with 3 Clethra’s we planted last summer. They did fantastic all summer and we covered them for the winter (under wood a-frame). We uncovered them after the last big snow and they have yet to bud. Is this normal? Everything else in our yard is budding or already leafy. I feel like I see some but its not really greening up in the bud areas yet. The stems seem dead too. We have not trimmed them. I am worried they died some how, we paid so much money for them (they are not small). Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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Answered on May 10, 2017

Check the branches, do they bend or snap off?
Scratch the bark, if branches are still alive; you will see green tissue.

Since they die back, they may take longer to leaf out then other plants or trees in you yard.
Give them more time.


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