Oak Trees
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What’s the best time of year to trim a Holm Oak hedge can it be done in November?

Zone Manchester,england | Anonymous added on September 17, 2019 | Answered

When can I trim my Holm Oak hedge and is there any time of year I should avoid doing it. Thanks

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on September 17, 2019

If you are only doing some light shaping without removing a great deal of foliage, then it can be done any time. But for more extreme reduction of top and sides, I would wait until spring when new growth can cover the visual effects of radical shaping. But it's primarily an aesthetic issue. This tree is cold tolerant so I don't think the exposure of stems will risk frost damage, which is why with some plants it's best to leave the leaf cover to protect the woody stems over the winter.

https://landscapeplants.oregonstate.edu/plants/quercus-ilex

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