Frost burnt swamp oak

Asked May 18, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

My swamp oak was budding and had little green leaves starting to open up, maybe 3/4 to 1 inch long. The date was may 10th, we had a very hard frost and now the leaves have all dryed up and are dead. What is the condition of the tree, is it dead will it releaf? Thank you for any help.....Rodney

Allegany County New York

1 Response

You don't say how old the tree is, but swamp oak is a durable native tree. It should be able to recover and set out new leaves.

Do not fertilize a tree that has been stressed. Instead, add a half-inch of mature compost over the entire root area. Then cover the same area with about 2 inches of organic mulch (chopped leaves, dried grass clippings, wood chips, etc.) Water the tree deeply every 5 or 6 days if it does not rain. The best way to apply supplemental water is slowly, using a soaker hose.

I hope this helps you and your tree!