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Frost damaged box tree

Hi everyone, back in December some thug decided to pull my box tree out of its pot by my front door.  They then thought better if it & threw it over my garden wall where I found it the following morning.  It was freezing in the night (probably -1 or -2).  We replanted it but now the leaves are turning brown.  Is there anything I can do to save it or will the roots be too badly damaged to ever recover?


  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 Posts: 920
    If it was exposed all night it’s probably touch and go but you’ve nothing to loose by giving it lots of tlc. Make sure it’s in good soil, fed and watered and hopefully it will recover. I would keep it somewhere shady as well so it’s also not exposed to too much sunshine whilst it’s (hopefully) recovering.
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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,963
    How annoying @hannahkfaulkner. What sort of size is it? Sometimes they just get scorched in very bright sun, rather than it being dieback.

    I'd agree though - if you can keep it in a bit of shade, that will also help. Box really does a bit better in some shade, and this excessive, recent heat makes it hard for anything to recover well in a sunny site anyway. Plenty of watering, and if you can do it in the evening, it doesn't evaporate so quickly.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thank you both.  It’s a topiary ball with about a 1m trunk and 60cm diameter ball.  It’s annoying because there’s one on either side so it’s going to be hard to get another the right size to match.  I will give it some serious tlc & see how we go.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,963
    Ah - quite sizeable then. All you can do is - your best. 
    Not very helpful - sorry. Just nurture as best you can. It's getting to the time of year for trimming box, so if there's only some damage on the outer foliage, it might be ok as you can trim that back. 
    Something like liquid seaweed is also good as a general tonic. Great for foliage plants. Once you see some signs of recovery, you could give it an application of that now and again, and you can use it directly on the foliage too, but make sure it's in shade when you do that   :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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