Holly Bushes

Holly Shrub Is Dropping Its Leaves

CNygard added on October 10, 2015 | Answered

All of a sudden this last week our holly tree is dropping its leaves. We've had it for for years with no problems. Any idea?

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Answered on October 12, 2015

Sudden leaf drop is likely an infestation or disease issue.

I've included a link that may help you determine the exact issue.


If you determine the cause, use the treatment as listed.

If you are unable to determine a cause, treat the plant with Neem Oil. Neem Oil works as both an insecticide and fungicide.
Remove and dispose of the dead leaves around the plant.

Here is a link with more information.


I do want to mention that it is possible that plants can be affected by accidental herbicide overspray. If neighbors or even lawn companies have recently sprayed, this could be a possibility. In this case other plants would show the same symptoms.

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