How long will we live with reminders that this spring played tricks on our trees and shrubs, with the early warm weather causing them to break dormancy ahead of schedule and then the return of winter zapping them back to reality?
Looking around, I think it is the trees that were most impacted by the warm-very cold-warm cycle and recovery will take some time. Above is a branch from a honey locust tree (Gleditsia tricanthos) showing the little leaves that were zapped by the cold and the green buds that tell me this tree will be fine.
Below is a red maple tree (Acer rubrum). It, too, will be just fine.
I’m not quite sure what to expect from this red bud (Cercis canadensis). It is struggling a bit trying to leaf out.
But now is not the time to start pruning. We need to wait and give the trees and shrubs a chance to recover. So, I’m going to follow my normal spring schedule of planting and gardening and then see how the trees and shrubs look before I buy a chain saw.