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Evergreen trees display fall colors from winter burn


Eau Claire (WQOW) - With the worst of the winter over, some plants can breathe a sigh of relief while others are still recovering from the extreme cold. 

Sean Malone, the owner of Caron's Christmas Tree Farm, said, "It's hard because it's just so unpredictable."

The evidence of a long winter is displayed in full array of fall colors across Caron's Christmas Tree Farm. Malone said he hasn't seen the winter burn this extreme this year. "I have hopes that they'll come back. But we won't know until we get into true growing season," Malone said.

The winter burn is striking a flash of cold fire on almost 200 evergreens like balsam fir, fraiser fir and white pines.

"The extreme cold, alot of dry air, alot of wind when it's cold and dry will cause all the water to evaporate and cause that winter kill," Malone said.

While the winter burn comes as no surprise Sean Malone says this year has been the worst that he has seen. Malone said, "You expect to lose a couple trees from year to year."

Malone said this year has been the worst that he has seen.

"And this year, I mean, knowing how cold it was, and especially how windy it was, we had alot of cold and windy days that that's what sucked the moisture out of these trees and so this year, it's definitely more extreme than typical."

But before you set the blades on the branches, have a look at how much of the tree is burned.

Malone suggests holding off pruning your trees until the weather gets warmer.

Pointing to one tree with burns on a few branches, Malone said, "This is one tree that has the minor winter kill. And this is one I won't cut down and I'll let it grow. The good needles will just fall out and the new growth will come back and the tree will recover pretty well because there isn't a major kill."

For a white pine, where all of its needles turned orange from the winter burn, Malone said, "This one knowing how much it burned, this one will be probably get cut down."

You may have noticed winter burn on trees in your yard. Malone suggests pruning them when the weather warms up so that it doesn't stunt the tree's growth. If majority of the tree is severely burned, he said it is best to cut it down to avoid infestation of bugs and bacteria.

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