Holly Bushes

Trimming Holly ‘Tree’

Anonymous added on April 21, 2011 | Answered

I have a Holly tree and it is about 10 feet tall. It is not looking as healthy as it has in the past year. Can I trim the tree to a short height? Also, the leaves are turning a yellow tint and is not as green as it use to be. I put Miracle Grow tree spikes (2) in the drip line of the tree, hoping it would assist the tree in becoming healthier. Can I prune the tree back, and what can I do to get the green foliage back to where it was? Also, how far do I cut the tree back and what can't I do when pruning?

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Answered on April 22, 2011

You can trim the plant back by at least a third and it should be fine. Any further than that can cause problems.

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