About a year ago, our area suffered from a late spring freeze and one that severly impacted the new growth on my holly bushes. I pruned off the dead growth and all seemed fine. However, I noticed many of the remaining branches turning yellow. Before I found out I had a scale infestation, I lost several complete bushes and lots of limbs on others. I finally got the scale under control and trimmed off a lot of dead/diseased limbs. Bottom line: Will the hollies that have some of the yellow leaves recover? Do I need to do a severe pruning to get all of them back in good health?
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I would wait and see before giving them a severe pruning. They may regrow the leaves in the spring. By late spring, if you do not see signs of leaves regrowing, you may want to try the pruning.