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Polygala dalmaisiana

Zone 14380 Northern France | TonyH added on February 26, 2017 | Answered

After some severe low-temperature weather recently, our shrub, as detailed above, seems to have been burnt. Its leaves are light brown, although there are a few green leaves near the centre. We live in Normandy, France and usually plants grow really well here. May we have your advice on pruning our shrub, please? Many thanks.

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Alisma
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Answered on February 27, 2017

Even though your shrub appears to have some damage from the cold, it's best not to prune it yet. Many plants recover well by themselves once warm weather returns.

Wait until late spring or summer to see if it puts out new leaves. If some branches produce leaves and others go bare, you can then prune out the dead branches or portions of branches. You can also use this test to see whether bare branches are dead:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/tree-scratch-test.htm

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