Clethra spring budding
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!
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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.