Potato Bush Tree
Hi. Paul in Long Beach is now Paul in Redwood City (half-way between San Francisco and San Jose). After 20 years at a large company, it was swallowed by an even larger company and I moved to where I could find work (I'm not getting any younger). At any rate, I'm renting a house with non-existent landscaping (the owner put down landscape fabric covered with bark -- the weeds were horrendous). The exception are two formerly beautiful potato bushes trained as lollipop trees on either side of the walkway up to the front door. To make a long story short, we have had mulitple nights of frost. The trees are completely leafless. How do I tell if they are deciduous or dead, other than to wait to see if they leaf out again in Spring?