American Holly Bushes
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Pruning an American Holly

Zone 22960 | Anonymous added on May 25, 2018 | Answered

I bought an American Holly of about 15" to 18" early last summer. Over the course of the season the central stem died out at the top so that the growth ever since has been outward (from branches) instead of upward (from a central stem). How can I prune so that the central stem once again is the primary point of upward growth? Thanks! Steve Holmes Orange, Virginia

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on May 26, 2018

There is not really a way to prune it to grow upwards.
You can prune to improve shape.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/american-holly-trees.htm

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