Bent Evergreen Branches

Arborvitae

Q.  My arborvitae and smaller evergreens have bent under the weight of this winter’s ice and snow. Is there anything I should do to straighten them?

A. In most cases, bent branches will slowly recover, returning to an upright position without manipulation. Larger evergreen branches may take several months to bounce back.  Even smaller shrubs like boxwoods and yews have a good chance of recovering. It is important to examine the shrubs for broken or split branches and to prune those back to a main branch. If any branches are creating hazardous conditions, be sure to contact a certified arborist or, if wires are involved, the appropriate utility company.   

Please contact Plant Information at (847) 835-0972 or plantinfo@chicagobotanic.org for more information.