All the azaleas on our property have been completely stripped of leaves by...

Asked April 15, 2014, 9:28 PM EDT

All the azaleas on our property have been completely stripped of leaves by deer feeding this winter. Will azaleas put out new leaves? Should I cut the main stems back to encourage new growth with leaves? This is the most severe browsing I have seen in 20 years.

Calvert County Maryland

1 Response

Many broadleaf evergreens have been hit hard this past winter by the cold as well as deer damage. Azaleas have leaf and growth buds all along their stems. Scratch the branches with your fingernail and look for green tissue. If you see it, the branch is still viable. Be patient and wait for new growth before pruning.
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