witch hazel retaining leaves
I have a witch hazel "Arnold's Promise". Each winter, some of the the branches retain dead brown leaves, which really detract from the beauty of the blooms when they come, usually in Feb. for me. This year, the problem seems worse than ever! Can anybody advise me - is there something I could do (short of pulling each one off by hand, which would be daunting for so large a plant) to keep this from happening, to make the leaves fall? Is it something culturally that I am doing wrong? Or perhaps its an issue with this particular variety? (I have certainly seen plenty of witch hazels that don't have this problem). I'm beginning to think I'll just dig Arnold up, if I can't solve this problem - he just doesn't look that good with all those dead leaves! Thanks in advance!