Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Are my cotoneaster trees dead? I have two mature (possibly up to 50 years old), very large low and spreading cotoneaster trees in my garden. The biggest measures about 12 feet high and 20 feet across. At the time of the very hard frost and heavy snowfall in December, they were in full leaf and covered with berries. They are evergreen, but shed some leaves throughout the year. The foot or so of snow settled deeply all over the tree, and I tried to knock it off but it bowed down the almost horizontal branches so that they touched the floor (splitting one apart along its length), and when the snow did thaw all of the leaves and berries were dead and brown. This has not changed since, and I'm now really worried that I've lost both trees. I have tried snapping little pieces off the ends of branches to look for signs of life, but they are either brittle and brown inside, or bendy and brown. Are they dead?
- 13 Jan, 2011