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Questions About English Holly Bushes

Asked by
Anonymous on
May 2, 2011

Q. 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.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 3, 2011
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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

Q. 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!

Answered by
Alisma on
November 17, 2016
Certified Expert
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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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Asked by
Middletown0211 on
June 28, 2018

Q. I believe my male English Holly Bush has no hope for recovery. What do you think?

I believe my male English Holly Bush has no hope of recovery. It has very little leaves around the side and not much more on top. The main trunk of this bush has a large rot hole in it about a foot off of the ground. However, there is a significant new chute growing out of the main trunk at ground level. It’s about a foot tall. My instincts are to cut the entire bush down to expose that new chute to give it a fighting chance. I’ve attaches a few pictures. Are my instincts correct?

Answered by
MichiganDot on
June 28, 2018
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I agree with your strategy. Make sure to fertilize after the severe pruning. Any idea how the large hole happened? In future, pruning should remove the oldest branches to the ground and not just the growth on the outside. Repeated trimmings of outer growth lead to dense shading of the interior and the dying out of branches. Pruning should let light and air reach the interior which improves overall plant health and aesthetics.

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