Crimson Fire Loropetulum Shrubs – Freeze Damage

Q: I had some gorgeous Crimson Fire loropetulum shrubs but they got hit by the freeze. Most of the leaves and flowers turned crispy. Some shrubs rebounded like crazy after about three weeks but on some the outer branches are still bare.

A: I am learning a lot about plants’ response to freeze damage in my own landscape. In early March, my Japanese snowbell tree was fully leafed out. On March 16 the cold arrived and all the leaves froze off. In mid-April there were perhaps three leaves on the bare tree. Now, in late April, it has slowly but surely begun uniformly putting out new leaves. I hope the same is true with your loropetalum.

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