Can I prune red sprite holly?

nancy0903May 15, 2012

I planted a grouping of red sprite holly in the middle of a border. It looks beautiful in the winter against my nana pine however this summer i have noticed that it is nearly 5 feet tall and the scale looks off. Can i prune it yearly to keep it lower (3 1/2 feet) and if so, when??

Thanks,

Nancy

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

you can prune anything you want...

but the question is HOW .... and then WHEN ...

whether or not this plant would benefit from shearing at 3.5 feet i do not know .. but i bet.. that is not how you do it ...

i am sure some holly nut will chime in with the how to ...

ken

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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Ken, hollies have berries, not nuts. (-:

Nancy, of course you can prune your hollies down to size. You may find that you have to prune frequently to keep them under control, they may not have as much visual appeal when heavily pruned, and they may not fruit as heavily when pruned. You should try to accomplish most of the annual reduction in late-winter/early-spring before new growth begins in the spring.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 9:18PM
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