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By Pamsco

Midlothian, Scotland Sco

Plant ID please and advice on what to do with the frost burn (if that is what it is).

The 1st picture was taken in the summer - the plant has grown entwined in a metal archway. I think it has bluey lilac small flowers. The 2nd picture is what teh hard winter has done to it so far. Will it recover - is there anything I should be doing with it now? Will the leaves drop - they haven't to date?

Thanks in advance,

Summer_arch Winter_arch



I am tempted to say that it is a privet, Pam, but I an sure that someone will say differently. Appart from the cold and the snow affecting the foliage of this plant I would guess that it has been starved of water during November/December because the ground has been frozen. All you can do at the moment is leave it alone and see what happens. Wait until spring and then try breaking a few twigs off to see if they are alive.

3 Feb, 2011


There appears to be green stems behind those burned leaves Pam.Take Bbs advice and wait and see. If it is burned it is likely to be wind burn. We have had awful weather for the time of year and we woke up to more snow this am. Until the weather improves any cutting back would only make the plants more vulnerable, by exposing new areas to the ravages of the weather. Are those blue flowers on the plant and what height is it? Is it in a pot or in the soil.

3 Feb, 2011


I think it looks like a variegated Ceonothus. Mine have also suffered this winter. I'm going to wait until spring before I remove any branches.

3 Feb, 2011


Agree with Annella, it's a variegated Ceanothus - I'd leave those bits alone until April, at least, then remove any dead/damaged areas you can see.

3 Feb, 2011


Probably Ceanothus 'Gold Point'. There are several variegated ceanothus now, but this one looks the most likely. Worthy

3 Feb, 2011


Thanks all. Yes Scotsgran the blue flowers are just on the right edge of the top photo. The plant is in the ground and climbing over a metal arch. The trunk is woven through the ironwork. It is arched about 7-8 foot high. Th etop photo is looking down on it from the top terrace.

So I'll wait until spring and see what happens. Fingers crossed.

3 Feb, 2011


It is a lovely splash of 'Evergreen 'colour Pamsco. The flowers give you added interest over a long period of the year.

4 Feb, 2011


Just as a wee follow up a professional gardener friend saw it and shook his head. He reckoned it may limp through the summer but probably won't survive another winter. Fingers crossed though as it would be a huge job to dismantle.

11 Mar, 2011


I would inspect it when we get a bit of warmer weather and cut away the dead bits then. Give it a feed with an evergreen feed and a mulch with good composted material. Does the soil under the shrub tend to dry out because the shrub is giving it shelter. If this is the case then it could be suffering from lack of moisture at the roots. Make sure you water it well all summer and then mulch it again in the autumn. It would be a shame to lose it. I would also take cutting in mid August so that if you do lose it in future years you can replace it. Ceanothus are not always the hardiest of plants.

11 Mar, 2011

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