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Q.Sick Holly

Zone Amissville, VA 20106 | southern gal added on August 22, 2023 | Answered

My holly had some leaves turning brown which I pruned. Now I see the bark looks sick?? Is this root rot? Should I cut the whole thing down or wait until spring?

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Answered on August 23, 2023

Unfortunately, your photos did not come through. I am unable to see the damage. It does sound quite a bit like root rot, but it could be canker, as well. You may be able to treat some with a fungicide, but it will not likely cure the issue at hand. Destroying the shrubs may be the best option for the long run.





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