Top Questions About Foster Holly Bushes

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Questions About Foster Holly Bushes

Asked by
Anonymous on
April 13, 2011

Q. Foster Holly Trees

I have five Foster Holly trees planted in one area on our yard. They are about 2-3 feet apart. They do not have berries and several have died and been replaced. It is my understanding that Foster Holly trees are self-producing. Is that true? Also, they have a feeder root at the bottom and when dug up in the field (if not dug properly), the tree will die. Is that true? All the trees have been planted with a mix of natural soil and compost mix, and watered. Can you help me figure out why my Foster Holly trees keep dying?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 14, 2011
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When they die, what is the progression of the death? Do they turn brown or yellow? Do they lose leaves or not? It sounds like you have something in the soil and this information will help us figure out what the issue could be.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 2, 2011

Q. Foster’s Holly

The leaves of the Foster’s holly fell off in one day. It started at the top and went to the bottom, leaving only a few leaves on the bottom. The shrub is established and not under any stress. Did not observe any infestation or problem the day before.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 2, 2011
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Do the leaves turn brown or yellow before they fall off? Please let us know and we will be better able to identify the problem with the holly bushes.

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Anonymous on
June 18, 2011

Q. Foster Holly Bush

I have (2) Foster holly bushes, about 4-5′ tall planted this past fall. On the back on numerous leaves, there are small black bugs with red rings around the bodies, which are eating the leaves. Is there a particular type of insecticide spray we should use?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 20, 2011
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There are several insects that could be feasting on your shrub. However, regardless of which one it is, I would recommend neem oil. This natural insecticide/fungicide is effective on a wide variety pests. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 2, 2011

Q. Holly Bush Diseases

Foster Holly. Starts with tips of leaves turning brown, with some having brown around the border of entire leaf. Can you identify disease and suggest a treatment?

Answered by
Nikki on
September 3, 2011
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It is difficult to say for sure, as this could be attributed to a number of things. Usually brown leaves signify that they need more water. Using root stimulator solution on the plants once a month for at least six months may help too, provided that the issue is not root rot. If the bark is still green, the plants are still alive, and even if they lose all or the majority of the leaves, they should eventually leaf back out. Another possibility is scorch, if they're getting too much sun. This article has more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/what-causes-brown-edges-on-leaves-of-plant.htm

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Asked by
cass on
November 26, 2011

Q. How can I tell if my Foster Holly is male or female?

I recently bought a Foster Holly from a local nursery with a tag marked Fosteri No. 2′. It has no berries, so could it be a male holly? How long do I have to wait to see if it will get berries? It is about 3 1/2 ft. tall and is planted in a neighborhood that has many other trees.

Answered by
Nikki on
November 27, 2011
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Asked by
jaya on
February 11, 2017

Q. holly foster burned leaf

We just moved into the house, and our Foster Holly plant is showing yellowish white burning symptoms with tiny black dots. Can you suggest something for this? I’m attaching a photo.

Answered by
Alisma on
February 13, 2017
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I am not completely sure, but this looks more like environmental damage than insect or disease damage. Wind, frost, sunburn, or physical damage could have injured the leaves, followed by the leaves turning whitish-yellow. I suspect if you remove the damaged leaves, the problem will go away.

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Asked by
suziebq on
March 6, 2017

Q. Foster Holly Trees

I am new to having Foster holly trees. A landscape company put them in for me. But some of the berries are turning black. Leaves are turning brown. I water the trees 2x a week in the early morning. I put holly/evergreen tree spikes in the ground. Am I doing something wrong? Should I give them aspirin watering? Not sure what to do for them. I have not taken any pictures of them yet.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 6, 2017
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Watering is generally the biggest issue with newly planted trees and shrubs.
Generally daily water for the first 2 weeks, then 3 to 4 times a week for the next few weeks.
Review the care information in the link below to make sure the trees were properly planted for you. Check the soil to make sure it is well draining!

http://hort.ufl.edu/database/documents/pdf/tree_fact_sheets/ileattb.pdf

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