Snowsweet Apple tree has blooms but not leaves

Asked May 17, 2019, 12:32 PM EDT

Last year my snowsweet and honeysuckle Apple trees were struggling to recover from winter injury. This year the honeysuckle is dead but the snow sweet has blooms. The problem is that there are very few and very tiny leaves. Is my tree dying?

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

We don't know if the tree is dying. It may be too soon to be sure.

However, last winter's cold was very severe in the Twin Cities area, so some damage and losses will be seen on cultivated as well as native plants.

Winter damaged apple trees and other woody plants may bloom and bear leaves. If the damage is severe, new growth soon withers and dies. A few to many branches or the entire plant can fail this way.

The tree's prospects should be evident by mid-summer.

Go here for a discussion of winter injury in Michigan apple orchards in 2013-14. That year winter damage was also severe in Minnesota.