Holly Bushes
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holly has rust on leaves

Zone 43031 | dmitch3016 added on April 13, 2015 | Answered

Holly has rust on leaves and does not grow much - mostly sunny, clay soil.

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shelley
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Answered on April 14, 2015

Well-draining slightly acidic soil is the most ideal for holly bushes. Soil high in clay content tends to not be well draining so that could be one reason why your holly is not thriving.

The rust on your holly bush could actually be leaf spot.

Or it could even be leaf scorch. Photo: http://weedsinlawn.com/Blog/wp-content/plugins/simple-post-thumbnails/timthumb.php?src=/Blog/wp-content/thumbnails/555.jpg&w=600&h=410&zc=1&ft=jpg

If it's leaf spot, this article will help you:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/holly-problems-holly-leaf-spot-or-holly-tar-spot.htm

If it's leaf scorch, this article will help you:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/leaf-scorching-in-holly.htm

If it is indeed rust, this article will help you:
For information on how to treat rust fungus, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/learn-about-plant-rust-disease-and-rust-treatment.htm

For a refresher on the care of holly bushes, go here:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/growing-holly-bushes.htm

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