Stephenson Holly Bushes

Stephenson Hollies – – – Berries Loading Down Branches

schilton added on March 18, 2012 | Answered

I have three Stephenson Hollies, of the tree shaped variety, planted a couple of years ago for privacy. I have never trimmed them. The branches are getting long and and the ends full of berries - and weighing the branches down. I want to trim it without hurting the trees. There's virtually no growth on the branches past the loaded down ends. . . and they produce beautiful red berries. Help!!! PS - nearby is a male, very tall compact tree holly, and on the other side are six treeform hollies.

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Answered on March 19, 2012

Hollies can be pruned back by a third of their growth. Any more than that will likely harm the plants. This article should help:

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