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Air frost damage

 A couple of weeks ago we had a hard air frost (nothing on the ground) and 2 of my 3 Acers and my 30yrs old Hydrangea. The top of the Acers dried up and leaves fell. Ive now trimmed the tops of both of them and they look better. My Hydrangea on the other hand looks very sad with brownc crispy leaves on the end of each branch and no sign of any flower buds. So, can I repair the damage by cutting back below the brown leaves or do I leave it alone and have a flower free year?

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,190
    The hydrangea will be fine. The brown leaves will disappear pretty much. It's early for them to be forming buds anyway. I won't be doing anything to mine. 
    Not a great time to be pruning Acers. It would have recovered too, and the damaged leaves would just drop. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • I always prune my hydrangea every April, if its warm and Ive always had wonderful flowers. I trimmed acers to stop the leaves falling everywhere. They are difficult for me to pic up as Im a bit disabled and cant or stand for too long. Thanks for your advice
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,190
    I wouldn't normally prune Hydrangeas in April,as we often have all sorts of weather through April and into May. They're tough though - it's just cosmetic really.  :)
    Acers can bleed if pruned at the wrong time, but hopefully yours will be ok. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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