What can I do about the leaf scorch my camellias sustained this winter?

Asked April 14, 2014, 8:38 AM EDT

We have three large camellias at the south side of our house, probably 20 or more years old. (They were already tall when we moved here 15 years ago). They sustained an enormous amount of leaf scorch this winter. They have many dark, discolored, crinkled leaves, and fewer buds than unusual. What should I do about this problem?

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

There's nothing you can do about the effects of winter burn. Of course, you can give the shrub the "thumbnail" test. Scratch the worst affected twigs with your thumbnail and if the tissue beneath the bark is brown, you can prune out the dead wood. If it is green under the bark, simply pick off the dead leaves and nurture the plant through the summer by providing supplemental irrigation when/if needed.