Holly Bushes
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Can I cut my 20′ holly tree back to a trunk about 4 feet off the ground?

Zone SouthEast | DDuke added on April 20, 2012 | Answered

How long will it take to grow branches and leaf back up?

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Heather
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Answered on April 22, 2012

It will likely not survive well if you do this. Hollies can only be pruned back by about 1/3 per year - any more than this and you risk putting the plant in shock and killing it.

Whether it would grow back if it survived would depend on the variety and the health of the lower branches.

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