passing along info about Winter 2011 "Freeze Injury to plants" from Albuquerque Area Master Gardeners & the Bernalillo County Extension Office:
From: Albuquerque Master Gardeners, Albuquerque gardening information
I have been receiving calls from folks with “mushy” agaves, brown deodar cedars, and crispy wax leaf privet due to the recent cold snap.
I’d like to share the following info with everyone. I have been advising people to wait and see how the plants responds this spring before deciding to drastically prune or remove plants.
It will be hard to tell what plants are damaged beyond hope until then. (scroll down and read an e-mail from Bryan Suhr, UNM Arborist)
Have you been sensitizing your Master Gardeners to all the 'freeze injury' that they will be seeing?
So far, crepe myrtle are really showing lots of damage, they were really hit hard.
Rosa banksii is another one, Photinia, some of the evergreen oak (Quercus fusiformis), Cedrus deodar, and many other ornamentals like rosemary (extensive injury).
I'm not sure my Prunus are going to flower, I was so looking forward to peaches this summer.
Looks like many of our borderline plants suffered in the sub-zero temperatures.
Any opinions yet as to how extensive the injuries are? I'm going to "wait and see, " before doing anything radical.
Let me know what you are seeing.
Bryan Suhr, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist,