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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 23, 2014

Q. American Holly

The growing tips on over 40 Holly shrubs lining our chain link fence have gone black and wilted. The winter was really mild here, but there has been intermitten frost. It looks like many new leaves on a Tulip tree nearby have gone brown and are dying as well.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 23, 2014
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Asked by
Gill corban on
February 7, 2015

Q. How to trim American holly

I want to trim American Holly. Just bought a house and they are out of control. They have branches going everywhere and some are too tall.

Answered by
maryhdyer on
February 9, 2015
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These articles should help you determine how to prune your American holly.

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

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Asked by
kaye.debrae on
May 8, 2015
Massachusetts, zone 6

Q. pruning American hollies

My American hollies are on located in a bed along the north side of our home. They are a good 10+ years old, are leggy with lots of space between limbs. They do berry beautifully and appear to be healthy. They have never been pruned. Is there hope by hard pruning to rejuvenate them to a compact appearance or will they only rejuvenate where the original limbs exist?

Answered by
shelley on
May 8, 2015
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If you are looking to give your holly bushes some major rejuvenation, they can be cut to the ground during winter dormancy - the links below discuss this in more detail. Rejuvenation pruning allows you to transform a once-leggy shrub into a more compact, bushier shrub.

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

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Asked by
ktuell on
June 24, 2015
Leitchfield KY

Q. Why has my American Holly tree lost its bark?

I have several American Holly trees that lost all their leaves but have small shoots of leaves in random places on some branches. It appears the bark is falling off. Should I just cut them down or wait to see if they recover? Is this a mole problem or the result of a bad winter?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 24, 2015
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The American Holly Tree can be susceptible to many diseases and insects, as well as environmental issues.
Losing all the leaves in itself, the plant can sometimes correct itself and grow them back. Losing it's bark is generally a sign of death in a tree.

I don't thin the mole issue you mention is a factor.

I usually play on the safe side and wait and see, but sometimes cutting the losses is appropriate. Loss in a garden makes for new opportunities.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/diseases-of-holly-bushes-pests-and-diseases-damaging-holly-bushes.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 25, 2018

Q. Pruning an American Holly

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

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 26, 2018
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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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Asked by
dejschwab on
October 10, 2018
Palm City, Florida Zone 9-10

Q. Tree identification

I cannot figure out what kind of tree this is. I live in South Florida and this looks like an oak tree but it has toothed leaves and just today I noticed green berries growing in clusters. The leaf reminds me of a holly leaf but this grows like an oak. Thanks.

Answered by
drtreelove on
October 11, 2018
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I believe you are correct in recognizing a holly. I think you have American holly (Ilex opaca) a Forida native. Yes it is a tree form, so may appear to grow like an oak.

http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/trees-and-shrubs/shrubs/holly.html

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