Holly Bushes

Holly Trees

Anonymous added on November 7, 2014 | Answered

I have inherited an area of land that has not been cultivated for many years - 25+. It contains a number of holly trees. I say trees because they may well have initially been single stems that have just been allowed to grow naturally without pruning. Some we have removed but I would like to prune and retain some, but they're 12 ft or more high with 9'' circumference and branches trailing 3-4 feet from the trunk. They're heavy with berries at the moment. My question is - how do we prune to enhance growth and provide some shape?

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Answered on November 7, 2014

Any pruning will encourage bushiness, and shaping is just a matter of pruning until the shape of the plant is pleasing. This article will help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/trimming-holly-bushes-how-to-prune-holly-bushes.htm

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