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Winter Burn on Boxwood

March 7th, 2018

This winter was particularly cold for a long period of time. We also had less snow than normal. A prolonged January thaw and early warm temperatures, mean the the boxwoods had a particularly rough time this winter.

The majority of my box has winter burn. It’s not really a big deal, they’ll bounce back. They just look a little sad for a while. For the most part, I don’t worry about it much. They key is to not prune the winter kill out too soon. Sometimes the plants bounce nicely. They need a good pruning this spring anyways, I’ll make sure to remove any brown bits that remain in May when I prune.

Did any of your shrubs suffer this winter? 

2 Comments to “Winter Burn on Boxwood”
  1. Nebraska Dave on March 7, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Susy, I think all my box-woods made it through the extreme temperature Winter just fine. However, mine are about 15 years old and well established. I see the daffodils are up and growing even though we had another round of wet March snow. It was about three inches of the stuff which paralyzed the city for a few hours. It’s just not warming up this Spring so every thing will be late this year. It won’t be a year to set a record first tomato date that’s for sure.

    Have a great Maine Spring day.

    Nebraska Dave

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  2. Chione on March 7, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    We actually had winter burn (as you called it) on my boxwoods in TEXAS! We had several unusually cold spells, including almost 58 hours below freezing. That’s practically unheard of in east Texas. They’re green and happy now, because March = spring in Texas. But they have some lingering dead tips.

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