Plant Health Alert – Frost Damaged Trees

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Have you been alarmed to see that your prized Japanese Maples look like someone took a blow torch to them? Does your ginkgo look like it is dead? Have you noticed oaks, sycamores and other native trees that have brown leaves in the forests?

frozen ginkgoTrees of all kinds across western North Carolina were burned by the frost we had at Easter and the one a few weeks after Easter. The Japanese Maples here at the Extension office were damaged as well. I have fielded dozens of calls and emails about frozen trees over the last weeks.

So what can you do to help the plant recover? There is not much you can do. The only action available to us is to fertilize the plants so that they can make new leaves. You can use a water soluble fertilizer such as Miracle Gro to give the plants a boost. Next year, consider covering your plants with a cloth sheet if we have any late season frosts.
frozen acuba shrubs
frozen maple
frozen Japanese Maple
Frost damaged Japanese Maple