Holly Bushes
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my question is about my holly bush?

Zone 11733 | Anonymous added on May 7, 2018 | Answered

Why is my holly bush growing horizontal instead of vertical? It was growing vertical until a heavy snowfall a few years ago and now it is acting like a vine sending out long sideway branches! you can see by the picture the left side of the bush is now much lower than the right.

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on May 8, 2018

It does appear that the shrubs were weighted and began to grow in a horizontal manner.
The roots are always growing on evergreens and the weight of the snow shifted their position in the soil.
You can make some corrections with pruning, though I don't know if you can change the direction of the main branches with just pruning.
You may need to do a mini transplant to position the plants back into the soil.
These links have more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/transplant-holly-bushes.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/trimming-holly-bushes-how-to-prune-holly-bushes.htm

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