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Q.Will My Red Tip Photinias Come Back After Freeze

Zone 74561 | Anonymous added on March 19, 2022 | Answered

We had abnormally cold weather here and since then I’ve noticed my photinias are turning brown and losing leaves. Will the spring back from this??

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Answered on March 20, 2022

If only the leaves froze, they should drop off and new leaves replace them. If the stems froze, too, you may need to cut them back almost to the ground. If the roots froze, it likely won't return.

You can tell if the stems are still alive by scraping off some of the bark. If it is green below, they should be OK. I don't know how cold it got in your town, but red tip photinias are hardy to zone 6, which means the shrub should be able to tolerate -5 to -10 degrees F.




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