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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Localized freeze/frost damage on a big list of woody plants

Healthy vs damaged leaves on shingle oak
Apparently it happened on Mother's Day. I didn't notice freeze damage on anything at my house in Chelsea, but my partners and I have seen extensive damage to a wide host of plants, including a variety of oak species (a big surprise to me, since they are generally so late to produce leaves), japanese maple (for the second year in a row), mulberry, tulip-tree, mountain-ash (ugly, ugly), sycamores, honeylocust, and walnut. We're debating amongst ourselves why the maples came out relatively unscathed. If you drive down Miller Rd west of town, check out all the big oaks near where the road crosses Honey Creek.


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