Inkberry Holly Bushes

inkberry bush

Zone 16102 | anotherdjmike added on October 15, 2016 | Answered

Do they always get bare at the bottom?

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Answered on October 16, 2016

Legginess and loss of leaves at the bottom often happens as inkberry bushes age. This can be corrected by rejuvenation pruning- pruning the entire bush down to 12-18 inches off the ground when the inkberry is dormant. The best time is in winter or early spring. In coming years, it can be trimmed back by about 1/3 whenever necessary.

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