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Q.Rose Of Sharon Shrub Is Not Leafing Out

Zone 14052 | shadylady added on July 8, 2020 | Answered

My rose of sharon shrub never leafed out or budded. The stems have some color, and are somewhat flexible. Being that it is too hot (90+ degrees) I am watering it about every two days (a 2gallon bucket each watering). There is a lot of new growth around the shrub, but still nothing on last year’s growth. stems. We had a crazy spring with snow that came in May. I am in zone 5B. I it possible that this killed all the upcoming leaf buds? Will I see growth next year on these stems?

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Answered on July 9, 2020

You will need to cut off the dead growth. It will likely not recover from a cold snap like that.

The new growth will take over as the new shrub. In fact, pruning to the shrub to the ground is a common rejuvenation tactic for when the shrub fails to grow properly.

Here is an article that will help:


Here is an article for the care of the shrub:


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