Japanese Holly Bushes

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  3. Why is my Ilex crenata 'Chesapeake' sparse with yellowing leaves
  4. Natural Shape of Holly Shrubs
  5. Japanese holly
  6. Japanese Hollies have a white powdery substance
  7. Browning dry leaves on Japanese Holly
Asked by Anonymous on April 27, 2011
Something Eating Holly Leaves

I have soft touch (Japanese) holly bushes in their 2nd year. Something is eating some of the leaves. It looks like chunks are missing from some of the leaves. I do not want to risk damaging them with anything too strong. Do you know what is safe to put on or around them to keep pests or predators away (preferably nothing too expensive and easy to use)?

Asked by Anonymous on May 27, 2011
Japanese Holly Bushes

Why are my two Japanese holly bushes dropping a lot of leaves? They are not yellow but green leaves.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

There are several reasons why this might be happening. It may be a water or nutrient problem. Is their anything unusual about the leaves, such as spots before they drop off? This will help us identify what is wrong with the plants.

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Asked by debussey on June 19, 2012
Why Is My Ilex Crenata ‘Chesapeake’ Sparse With Yellowing Leaves

Five plants along deck border are approximately three-four years in the ground and have never looked hardy. Instead of deep green, dense leaves, the plants have sparse and yellowing leaves and have failed to gain height. The soil in the bed is clay augmented with topsoil and peat. Have dusted with Sevin and have been watering regularly and deeply this spring. Expected to see an improvement but may actually be showing more yellow than before.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You mentioned having clay soil. Is the ground swampy? If the ground stays wet, especially with regular watering, the roots can't "breathe" and falling leaves or yellowing would be a sign of this. Too much water causes iron chlorosis as well and the soil may be lacking beneficial nutrients that the shrubs need to attain optimal health. I would recommend having the soil tested and correcting your clay soil accordingly. These articles will help too: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/how-to-improve-clay-soil.htm https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/holly-yellow-leaves.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on November 20, 2012
Natural Shape of Holly Shrubs

Looking for a picture(s) of the natural shape of holly bushes and Japanese yew. Also, tips on trimming the yew would be helpful.

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AnnsGreeneHaus

These articles should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/trimming-holly-bushes-how-to-prune-holly-bushes.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/yew/growing-yew-shrubs.htm
Japanese Yew does not require pruning however it can be clipped or sheared as needed to form hedges or a columnar topiary. Cease pruning two months prior to the first frost date in your area. Heavy pruning should be done in late winter, before new growth begins to emerge in spring.
You can enter "holly image" and "Japanese Yew image" into any search engine to view photos.

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Asked by ladiejai on July 4, 2016
Japanese Holly

I would like to grow a holly plant from the existing Japanese holly bush that I have. Is that possible? If yes, how to do it? I am creating a fairy garden for my grandchildren and saw an article on my kind of holly bush as a tree for mini gardens. Thank you, JP

Asked by Anonymous on July 25, 2016
Japanese Hollies Have a White Powdery Substance

My 10 yr old Japanese hollies have a white powdery substance on the stems and branches. The leaves are unaffected. One of the hollies is especially bad looking where the leaves and branches are brown and dead. I did not notice the fungus type stuff as you have to look directly into the bush and spread the branches to see it. I never would have noticed anything until the one plant began to turn brown in sections.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Powdery mildew is caused by fungus that attack Holly leaves, sometimes covering them entirely with a thin white powdery coating. For more information, here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/nonorganic/get-the-cure-for-powdery-mildew.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/powdery-mildew-homemade-and-organic-remedies.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on August 30, 2016
Browning Dry Leaves on Japanese Holly

Planted six Japanese hollies one year ago. Three are thriving and three are struggling. Not sure what to do.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Depending on the cultivator, Japanese Holly can struggle a bit in a Northern climate.
Prune away the dead material.
Inspect your plants for any sign of insects or fungus, and treat with Neem Oil is you find the need.
The link below will help you refresh yourself with soil, watering and fertilizer schedule.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/japanese-holly-care.htm

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