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Q.Brown Berries on My Holly

Anonymous added on August 18, 2012 | Answered

I had five 18-foot Holly trees planted in my backyard in Annapolis, Maryland two years ago. Four of the hollies have green berries right now. One has brown berries. The holly leaves are green and appear healthy. Is this a sign of drought?

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Answered on August 20, 2012

Usually if the berries start to have problems, it is because the plant is stressed, and it is trying to preserve itself. Check to see if the plant is too dry. These shrubs require more watering during fruiting and if they do not get enough, the plant will abort its berries. I would also check for pests that could be attributing to this as well.

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