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If you notice the leaves on your plants curling don’t be alarmed.¬†By curling¬†its leaves, this shrub reduces its chance of loosing moisture from the cold and dry winds. As soon it begins to warm, the foliage will return to its normal shape. Winter leaf curl is common with rhododendron and laurel shrubs, so don’t be alarmed if your camellia shrubs show this same condition as well.

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Cold temperatures 1Cold temperatures 2 It was 8 degrees when I left the house this morning. My orphan rhododendron shrub was all curled up and prepared for the cold. Plants are amazing living things. This curl is a natural reaction to the cold. The plant curls its foliage very tight to protect its inner surfaces from the cold and dry winds. This protects the delicate cells from freezing, and keeps the plant from dehydrating.

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Ice stress 2Ice Stress 1 Last night’s storm left a frozen coating to the stalks and foliage of all our plants. Notice my camellia in the second photo. The weight of the ice has caused the limbs to droop and bend. Our first reaction is to shake off the snow and ice to keep our shrubs from breaking down. Shrub Doctor recommends that you refrain from this practice. Yes you may lose a limb or two by the heavy ice, but violent shaking to break off the ice may do more damage to the frozen stems of the plant. A better practice is to cover and support your shrubs prior to a predicted ice storm. (Mark Tally)

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freeze damage 2Here’s an example of the damage from the continued cold temperatures we have experienced in the Charlotte Metro area this week. We had several record lows recently, with an 8 degree low just this past Monday. The cold freezes the cells of the foliage, which causes the damage as seen in these photos. These damaged leaves should eventually shed away in the Spring. Often times the woody stalks of the plant will freeze. In this extreme case, the limb will actually burst, and any living tissue above the damaged area will die away.

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