March 24, 2011
March 24, 2011
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I have several dwarf Burford hollies and they all seem to be dying of some disease. They appear beautiful and green (with berries) and then within a few weeks, the leaves all turn brown and fall off. I don’t see any evidence of anything on the roots. Two of the bushes are about 1 and 1/2 years old and now a large bush about 8 years old has died. I’m reluctant to plant any more. Any ideas?
There are a few things that can cause this. Holly scorch is the most common. This happens when the weather changes too quickly. The plant will recover from this on its own.
Don’t know if it’s spelled right, but I need to know when is the best time to prune these so as not cut the berry setting off? Last year I only had a few way at the bottom where I did not prune.
We have Burford holly shrubs along the front of the house (east side). The tips of some of the leaves are turning brown with some yellowing. In the past, some bushes have died. Need help!!
There are several diseases it could be. I would check the roots first. You may have a root rot that is slowly killing the roots and eventually the leaves. Some of the root rots can be treated by drenching the soil with fungicide, but some cannot be treated and the plants need to be removed. This is the most likely cause. Root rots tend to occur in plants that are in soils that have drainage problems and will return if the drainage is not improved.
Also, check the stems. There is also a possibility that it is a canker that is affecting the plant. This is less likely, but possible. Cankers can be corrected by treating the plants every few weeks, for a few months, with a fungicide. Cankers will likely be lower down on the affected limbs and will look like sunken spots on the wood.
It sounds like your holly has developed a condition called witches broom. In warmer climates like yours, it is typically caused by Sphaeropsis tumefaciens.
This article on it should help:
A Dwarf Burford Holly grows 6 to 8 feet high.
Gardening Know How provides gardening advice, not plants. I would recommend you make an inquiry at your local gardening center about purchasing one.
For more information on the care of holly bushes, please visit the following link:
I have 2 Burford hollies by my front door. They are both in full sun at the top of a slope. They were planted 13 years ago and for the past 5 or 6 years, one of them has been sending out lots of shoots which are coming up all around the base of the Burfords. For a while, I was pulling them up but now there are so many. My landscapers are using their line trimmers (edge trimmers) to keep them from growing too tall. Can you tell me why the tree is sending out these shoots and what can I do to stop this from happening? (The other Burford, which is on the other side of the path, doesn’t have this issue.)
Thanks for your help!
Holly have a tap root and an extensive lateral root system.
They will send up shoots from this lateral root system.
There is little to be done except remove the shoots as soon as possible. Cutting down into the roots with a sharp shovel may cut the root system more sharply and reduce them from growing back as quickly.
You can try adding some water to the plant and adding 2 to 3 inches of mulch to aide in moisture retention.