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Hi i have 2 of these trees, it seems the winter has killed them, there is no leaves left at all on these trees are they dead?

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  • Posted: Mon. 18th April 2011 15:55

Re: Cordyline Tree

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Sandy,
You are not alone - many people around the country are experiencing the same sort of trouble. This past winter was too cold and if the soil the Cordylines were in was waterlogged, that makes it even worse. Since the weather is warming up, you can cut off the dead leaves. Don't cut back the stem until you (hopefully) see new shoots either along the stem or at the base. Whilst in the process of cutting back the dead leaves, take note as to how the main stem feels. If it seems mushy at all, especially in the centre (you'll probably be able to tell this once dead leaves are gone), I'm afraid its gone.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 18th April 2011 20:41

Re: Cordyline Tree

Reply from Sandy Holmes

the one in the front seems white inside, but the one in the back in so tall all the leaves have come off on their own so there's none to cut!!, i tapped on the the trunk and it sounded hallow...would that mean anything, i don't want to cut it down without being certain?

  • Posted: Tue. 19th April 2011 08:20