To Remove or Not Remove? Shrubs

Asked May 21, 2020, 3:03 PM EDT

Hello - I have several shrub/bushes that do not appear to have come back from winter...they have limited buds/blooms. I am sorry but don't know the names - both are very common. Can you look at the photos below and help me determine next steps? Removal? Will they recover?

Washington County Minnesota

1 Response

Give them a couple more weeks and then prune off dead wood. They are sand cherries or ornamental cherry bushes. Some things get off to a slow start and they may be have had their leaf buds killed by a late frost and have to leaf out again. Or you can do a cambium test and scrape off the outer layer of bark and see if it is green underneath. If it isn't the branch is dead.