A friend in New England was not home when a bad freeze hit recently.
She say sit's dead. Is there any hope to revive the thing? Any
tips? She is not able to go online - I'm just trying to help her -
said they were very expensive etc.
Give it some time and look for new growth, it may not be dead. Is it
all brown? Do the branches snap or bend? Scratch a little bark off
with your fingernail and see if you can see any green. Arborvitae
grow well in cold climates; it may have root damage, dehyrated, wind
It's not dead... it's January in New England... it's hibernating.
Arborvitae begin to drop many of their leaves/needles from the early
part of the prior year's growth late each fall so by mid winter it can
look kind of bare and scraggly... actually being less lush is an asset
for the plant, less ice and snow can accumulate. There won't be any
new growth till like mid May. Arborvitae tolerates cold better than
most all conifers. And as to it being an expensive plant, that's
absolutely ridiculous, a 30" specimen will cost like $30.
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