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Evergreen or "Everbrown?" Winter Conifer Damage

Friday, June 20, 2014  
Posted by: MNLA Foundation
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Figure 1.  The 2013/14 winter was tough on a variety of evergreens in designed landscapes; here an excessively sheared Japanese yew (Taxus cuspidata) in a prominent location in a St. Louis Park, MN, landscape has suffered significant damage above the snow line (Photo Credit: Jim Calkins).Based on personal observations and reports from others, the winter of 2013/14 was challenging for conifers in the upper Midwest including those in Minnesota landscapes.  Many species were damaged and the damage was widespread.  As the damage has become increasingly apparent as temperatures have finally begun to warm up, many are asking will my evergreens recover or should they be removed.  Patience is the key.  Although it will depend on the type and extent of the damage, now that spring growth is at its peak it appears most of the yews, hemlocks, pines, and other conifers damaged by the tough conditions experienced over the past winter will indeed still be evergreens and not everbrowns.
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