Then comes the second night with a hard freeze warning and a low of 20º F, don’t really want to go look at the plants that morning so I go to work. I think about the possible freeze damage all day. So when I get home I go straight to the yard and look closely at everything. Fruit tree foliage looks fine.
Small developing fruits are blackened as in this Harrow Delight pear
or shriveled like this Toka plum. It appears this year’s fruit crop has been lost?
Shade tree foliage shows extreme damage like in this English Columnar Oak.
A close-up view shows the shriveled, blackened leaves.
In some trees the freeze damage appears as dehydrated foliage like this Sandpaper Oak.
Vines were also damaged, displaying shriveled leaves as in this Himrod grape.
Redbud leaves and flowers were also damaged by the cold temperatures showing blackened shriveled leaves and dehydrated flowers.
THE GOOD NEWS is if your trees are healthy they should make a full recovery. Foliage should return to normal after several weeks. Water as needed to keep the soil moist (not wet) to support leaf out. Grapes will leaf out and probably flower producing some grapes this year.
Photos and Narrative By:Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist