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There are many differing opinions and the answer depends on your level of patience. First, how long are you willing to wait to remove them? Next, how long are you willing to wait on your new plant's maturity if you replace it?
These plants are tropical, but the growing point on some of them is very well protected. It may take a very long time for them to show new growth because they respond to heat. So until we get much warmer, you may not see new growth on them.
So, how long can you tolerate a non-growing plant in your yard? At the same time, if you hurry to replace it, how long are you willing to wait for the new plant to reach that same size? These plants are normally sold by the caliper-inch, so they may be very expensive.
On the other hand, you may also need to consider your HOA requirements about having dead plants in your yard. So the bottom line is that they may come back later this summer, or they may not. So the decision to remove them is a personal one.