Kerria Japonica

Asked April 19, 2014, 8:18 PM EDT

I have several of these beautiful yellow flowering bushes and they came through the winter looking about half dead..The top half of about 1/2 of the limbs on each bush appear to be dead..and I don't know what to do about it..Shall I cut each affected bush down about 8'' from the ground and let it come back up from the roots..I await your good and sage advice...Carl Wangrow

Macon County Illinois

1 Response

There are basically two options. One option is to simply cut out the dead portions. The other option is to cut the affected plants back to within 3 to 4 inches of the ground.

My inclination would be to just remove the dead portions. However, either option is acceptable.