If you have a prized large specimen growing in your garden, you need to protect it over winter. You need to do this before first frosts hit and excessive winter wet conditions arrive.
Cover the top of the tree, known as the crown, by bending the old leaves over it and then cover and tie in the top with horticultural fleece. Putting straw in and amongst the bent over leaves at the top will also help give extra protection.
Although quite tough, harsh frosts and severe winds can damage the leaves making them look unsightly.
To keep them looking healthy and attractive it’s ideal to either put horticultural fleece over them or surround them with a wind break during the winter months.
Smaller plants in pots can be moved into an unheated greenhouse or conservatory.
There are several different colour leaf varieties available. Generally, the plain green and cream-edged leaf ones are tougher than the red leafed varieties.
Where possible gather the leaves together and tie string around them and then cover with horticultural fleece.