First, I actually placed an order on Walmart for a 5ft evergreen dogwood, and a variegated eleagnus. Both arrived yesterday. Unfortunately, Fedex messed up and turned the box upside down, snapping the top ft of all the branches. I had to prune them off, and here is the end result. I don't think it's worth complaining to FedEX, the plant is still alive and it should grow back in the spring.
Now on with the winter damage: Osmanthus americanus has some mechanical leaf damage (snow, deer?) and minor bronzing. It should be alright.
Podocarpus alpinus is FINE! First year on the ground, protected only by a large rock on its north side.. only a few brown needles, really
Illicium floridanum 'halleys comet' has about 50% leaf burn at the top, but again, should pull through ok
Ilex 'east palatka' is fine
Trachycarpus and Loquat. I protected the trachy with xmas lights, rose cone, leaves, and a trash can during the coldest night, and it seems fine. The loquat was unprotected and will lose its leaves. The stems are firm, however.
Magnolia grandiflora was completely unprotected and exposed to sun and wind. No damage.
Citrus Morton is fried. The stems are ok though, but I think I'll just get rid of it and replace it with something less thorny. It's not that it isn't hardy, it's just ugly. :-P
Daphniphyllum macropodum was protected with burlap and leaves, no damage at all.
This is the protection I gave 2 first year 7gal Sabal minor 'mcurtain: Nuvue tarp and leaf mulch. the mulch only covered half the plants -- I ran out of leaves.
This is the result: No good. Most of the leaves are necrotic..
The damage is "spotty" but actually I think there is more dead than alive :-(
The spear is firm though. It does have some brown too. Both plants have similar damage. What can I do to save them??? I put the green tarps back for now.