Often in heavy snow falls one of the first plants that’s damaged is ceanothus, the structure of a ceanothus with regards to the stems and branches makes it easy for the snow to build up quickly and weigh the plant down often with the plant bending over. Normally this damage happens in the late winter when the flower buds although unseen are starting to form so pruning a damaged plant is best left until after flowering. Ideally you need to create a wigwam with three stakes that joint at the height of the ceanothus, then pull and tie the ceanothus back upright to these stakes. If any of the branches are broken you can prune then out or cut them back, but shaping is best left until later in the year when the ceanothus has flowered.
Ceanothus with snow damage
February 21st, 2013 · No Comments
Tags: Tim Whitcombe