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Asked by Anonymous on May 2, 2011
English Holly Bush Losing Leaves

I have a large English holly and three small holly bushes that seem to be losing their leaves. The leaves are also turning brown at the edges. I do not know what to do about it.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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. Are you seeing any other symptoms? That will help us pinpoint it better.

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Asked by bradwalters1 on November 17, 2016
Overgrown English Holly Bushes

I have many overgrown English holly bushes, some that have grown to over 10 feet tall. Is it ok to cut them down to 12 inches off the ground? Will they survive and grow back? I was quoted over $600 to have them trimmed!

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Alisma
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

English holly should be pruned more lightly, according to the instructions in the following articles:
https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=6332
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=549

The best technique is to remove about 1/3 of the total size of the plant at any one time, so it will take several years to get them down to size. But you can gradually improve their appearance. You can shorten branches and/or remove some branches to thin out the holly.

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