Frost Kills New Leaves

This is an update on an earlier blog post when bush leaves emerged in the winter.  In January of this year we had some very warm days.  I noticed buds ready to open and small baby leaves that did emerge near where I work.  I was worried that a future frost kills new leaves and then the tree wouldn’t have any leaves the next spring.  I started watching them to see what would happen; if the colder days ahead would kill the new leaves eventually….

Is My Worry that Frost Kills New Leaves Going to Happen

Frost Kills New LeavesFor a while the leaves were OK even when the temperature went below freezing at night.  Eventually the leaves died because it was too cold.  In the spring I checked again and many more leaves did emerge.  Here is a picture of the new growth.  You can see a small remnant of one brown dead leaf.  So I don’t worry so much when leaves emerge now during warm days in the dead of winter.  Hopefully this phenomenon applies to all trees and bushes.  Of course, there is no new growth when fruit tree flowers freeze and die because of a late frost.  The farmer at our local farmer’s market lost a lot of his apricots this year because of a late frost.

For more information click here How Trees Survive the Winter.