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Q.Holly Bushes Brown Not Green

Anonymous added on March 18, 2014 | Answered

I planted 36 Holly bushes last fall and most of them have brown leaves on them. I don’t think the plants are dead. There is some green at the bottom of some plants. Why did this happen and is there anything I can do to the plant? Thank you.

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Answered on March 18, 2014

This could be attributed to scorch, from unusually cold weather conditions, or transplant shock. Since there is already some signs of life (regrowth at the bottom), I would prune it back by 1/3 to rid the shrub of the dead growth, especially if you didn't do so when you transplanted them.

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