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Trees and Shrubs Affected by Cold Winter

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MEDFORD, Ore. — After the colder-than-average temperatures this winter, you may have noticed your trees and plants have had a harder time bouncing back this spring.

Temperatures dropped dangerously low for regional plants during December when the plants were in their dormant state. Now, as we move into spring, some plants are not growing or blooming as they normally would.

Local nurseries say it can be hard to tell how badly plants were affected, but there are some easy ways to tell if your plants are healthy.

“Obviously that new growth isn’t going to be coming out so if they’re looking at that and seeing that that new growth isn’t happening, that they’re not breaking dormancy that’s a good sign that something is wrong. This time of year, most things should really be starting to come out,” said owner of Four Seasons Nursery, Tim Elbert.

Four Seasons also recommends you do a scratch test by cutting into the branches of plants. If it is white or green under the first layer, it is healthy. If it is brown or black, the plant should be pruned back to give a chance to rebound next season.