In the Shenandoah Valley, we have (so it seems) been spared the heavy snow; but last year was a whole different story! We had record snowfall and suffered a lot of damage to trees and shrubs. Evergreens like boxwoods, hollies, and yews were especially hard hit. Luckily these can usually be saved even when they sustain severe damage.
Last winter a Burford holly (Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii') in one of Andre's gardens was severely damaged by heavy snow. It was a beautiful holly that had been carefully pruned over the years to train it into an attractive multi-stemmed tree. The weight of the snow broke many of the branches and the main trunks of the tree were bent nearly to the ground.
The photo to the left shows what it looked like in the spring.
Andre was in the process of pruning off the damaged wood which was really most of the tree!
He cut the whole thing back to about four feet!
That was in mid-April of 2010.
Now nearly a year later, the tree has begun to fill out.
Vigorous new growth flushed out over the summer and it is recovering nicely. Andre will begin to prune it this spring to thin out some of the dense regrowth.