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wild holly trees

Posted by florrie2 7A Maryland (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 25, 09 at 12:08

Hi Folks: Not sure if this is the right forum, but I'll give it a try.

I have a few holly seedlings growing in my woods (probably seeded by birds). I'm sure they're from some local BIG holly trees nearby. I'd like to move one or more closer to my house, but don't want to deal with a 40 foot tree!

Can I prune these guys? I'd like to get some 8-10 foot hollies cheap!

Thanks, Florrie

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RE: wild holly trees

Do you mean can you transplant them?
The answer is yes but now is really awful time to try it.

RE: wild holly trees

Thanks, yes, I'd like to transplant them up nearer the house, but I don't want to deal with a big holly. Can I prune to be smaller? I can wait until fall to tx. No rush!


RE: wild holly trees

If the hollies you are finding are Ameican Hollies (Ilex Opaca), they are quite large (and magnificent) in maturity but very slow growing.
You can continually prune it to try to contain it but if what you want is a shrub form, you're better off going and getting a chinese holly shrub. 3 gallon chinese hollies go for about $11. They come in numerous varieties. Some bigger than others.

RE: wild holly trees

Yes, that's what I was afraid of. I'll probably transplant them in the fall up near the driveway where they can grow to their magnificent selves.


RE: wild holly trees

I have a wild holly that started about 3/4 yrs ago, this summer it has grown probably 3ft. which has really surprised me, my husband wants to transplant because he is afraid the roots will run into the foundation, plus we had talked of enlarging our porch (that it is near) so how do the roots grow down or out? Iv been told that it probably wont live, this person had tried moving some before, i dont wont to lose this beautiful volunteer so any help would be greatly appericated

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