I have 8 Photinia, about 12 feet tall . In the spring of 2013 , I pruned the...

Asked June 30, 2014, 11:59 AM EDT

I have 8 Photinia, about 12 feet tall . In the spring of 2013 , I pruned the bottoms, of em a good bit, so my neighbor could mow his lawn, but now it appears 4 of them look dead. My question is, will they start to grow again, at least by next spring ? It's been my experience , sometimes it takes at least two summers before, a shrub will grow again, after you prune them way back. By the way they was really was flourishing , before I pruned them. Thanks Ed

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1 Response

If the plants were drastically pruned, it may take several seasons for them to recover and the response is usually good. Scratch the branches with your fingernail and look for green tissue, if you see it the plant is still viable. It is also possible they suffered some winter damage.
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