Bottle Brush Trees
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Pruning branches killed during freeze

Zone New Braunfels, TX (between San Antonio and Austin) | lsimpson63 added on March 8, 2017 | Answered

I have some bottle brush trees (5 years in ground/over 7 feet) whose upper branches froze during a recent freeze. Primarily at the top of the tree. What is the best method to prune the branches. Just below the frozen section or farther down the tree at the base of the branch to the trunk? Thank you! Laurie

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    Downtoearthdigs
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    Answered on March 9, 2017

    Wait to prune the frost damage areas of the tree until all threat of cold weather has passed. The damaged area actually will protect the rest of the plant if the temperature drops again.
    Then prune out the dead material.
    Follow pruning information in the links below.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/winter-damaged-trees-shrubs.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/bottlebrush/pruning-bottlebrush-plants.htm

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