Originally Posted by PHX31
I was told to cut back my browned/frosted bogainvillea nearly to the ground (it wasn't as big as yours though). That was a few weeks ago and It's already grown about 2 feet. My ficus hedge is a goner, unfortunately.
The elm should lose it's leaves every year, but not because of the frost. Yours looks fine. I've noticed some elm trees like mine (full leaves but little new growth), I'm hoping it's ok. But I did do some research and read about Texas root rot and that scared me. I hope that's not what killed my old elm and I hope it's not killing this one.
pbenjamin... if you get a chance can you look at a few of your elm tree branches and see if at the very ends there are tiny new growth leaves? Not just the new leaves, but the newest smallest baby leaves that mark the extension/growth of the branches.
Elm: it doesn't look like there is much new growth. I'll take your word for its losing its leaves each year, hadn't paid that much attention, but I do think that this year's frost was much more drastic than normal. Maybe the trees are putting more energy into refoliating and not so much into growth.
Bougainvillea: This is what it looks like normally (courtesy Google Earth, it has been here for a long time, has survived a lot of tough winters. It will come back, it's green around the bottom of the lollipop.
Ficus: Looks like this (a part of it) now, went through the same thing in bad frost in early '07.
A year ago: