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06/05/2013 at 22:18

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07/05/2013 at 08:13

That looks pretty dead to me Christine

07/05/2013 at 08:22

Mine gets like this every winter as some branches get frozen to death, especially at the tips.  I take out the grey ones in early spring, cutting back to red stems then give it a good top dressing of pelleted manure and a liquid tonic of tomato food and then I wait.

By the end of May it's clear which stems are live and shooting and then I cut out the rest.  Sometimes late spring frosts do a bit more damage.  My tree is now about 8 years old and 2.5 metres high.

07/05/2013 at 23:42

Thank you both for your advice. I will get dense of the dead stems and then see what happens. 

08/05/2013 at 09:54

It may be a blessing in disguise as the tree was far too near the fence and would have had to be removed quite soon anyway.

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