I have 3 of them. Two are doing nothing. One has a tiny amount of green at the base.
I believe they are late to leaf out, but isn't this a bit much?
I was testing them to see if I could do a whole patch of them bordering the patio, but I think they flunked.
wendy, they are late, indeed, but as soon as they start they'll be in leaf in no time.Mine were leafless up until May 8 or 9, but they fully leaf out now. Mine in a full sun, which also make a difference...and suckering like no tomorrow.
So, does that mean all the top growth is dead like a butterfly bush and should be cut down?
No. Mine is living here in zone 6b or 7 and only just started to green up a week ago. It greened up on old, not-very-promising-looking wood.
Don't touch it yet, thin, grey and dead looking wood is well alive. Supposedly.Good luck.
I don't think George likes this shrub :-)
Leslie, true, I don't like it, but this is not necessary means I'd suggest to prune it to ground zero. LOL.Wendy, if anything will happens to yours I'll be glad to send you a few unwanted suckers if you wish to.