Sarcococca and cold snap - what to do?

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  1. pauls14325561

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    Hi there, like many others, it seems we had some damage done to our plants by the cold snap a few months back. Our sarcococca leaves have basically all died, but the main stems seem like they're still green and healthy when scraped with my nail. I don't see any new leaf growth, however, so not sure if they're salvageable...? What is the advice for removing old dead leaves / pruning / giving up on these? The bushes are currently about 3-4' tall and wide.
     

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    Margot Renowned Contributor 10 Years

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    I suggest waiting a month or two to see if new leaves are emerging and then decide if it is worth saving or not.
     
  3. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    If your plant is an example of S. confusa put an end to the hardiness issue by replacing it with one of the hardier species such as S. ruscifolia* or S. humilis. Also: these are full shade shrubs - in your picture it looks like the affected plant may have gotten too much sun while frozen. With broad-leaved evergreens in general being much more likely to be damaged by cold when exposed to sun while freezing temperatures are in effect. *Looks like S. confusa but offers the twin advantages of greater hardiness and fruits that mature red instead of black
     

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