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Q.Holly Disease

Anonymous added on April 29, 2011 | Answered

I have several young holly plants in a hedge row that are about three years old, grown from whips. Nearly all of them have shown the following symptoms and appear dead:

The leaves have turned yellow/brown, the stem appears grey and mottled. They are grown in a clay soil, in a ridge and furrow field open to the elements.

Could the harsh winter have killed them off? They have survived the previous two winters OK.

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Answered on April 30, 2011

It is possible that it is holly tar spot. Let me know if this article describes what you are seeing:

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