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I have just noticed that all the leaves on my Ceanothus, which is supposed to be evergreen, are brown. Does this mean it has been got by the frost and is there anything I can do to salvage it?

Ceanothus Autumnal Blue problem (26/02/2012)

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  • Posted: Sun. 26th February 2012 14:48

Re: Ceanothus Autumnal Blue problem

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Julie,
Ceanothus 'Autumnal Blue' is not fully hardy so, yes, if your area had a hard, cold winter, it most likely has died back from cold/frost damage. Ceanothus, particularly evergreen ones, do not respond well to hard pruning so cutting back the dead will most likely not be successful. You could try it and hope that your plant doesn't follow the rules but my guess is that you will want to replace it in spring.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 27th February 2012 22:05

Re: Re: Ceanothus Autumnal Blue problem

Reply from Julie

Thank you Kathy. Can you recommend another Ceanothus, or some other evergreens that are hardier, that grow to about the same size as Autumnal Blue. The border it is in can be subject to quite strong winds.

Julie

  • Posted: Tue. 28th February 2012 07:59

Re: Re: Re: Ceanothus Autumnal Blue problem

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Julie,
There are hardy Ceanothus available, unless your area gets very harsh winters. Try an Advanced Search here on Shoot. Enter 'Ceanothus' for plant name and under 'Choose Conditions' select 'H4' under 'Hardiness'. Keep in mind, however, I don't think there are many, if any, Ceanothus that can handle an exposed, cold, windy site.
All the best,
Kathy

  • Posted: Tue. 6th March 2012 19:51

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Reply from Julie

Thanks Kathy. Sounds like I might need to find something other than a Ceanothus as we are on a 'windy ridge'! Thank you for your help.

Julie

  • Posted: Tue. 6th March 2012 22:16