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Holly Bush not very well.

Hi, new to the forum and hoping for help. I have a holly bush in one of the flower beds of my front garden, cannot remember its name - sure it was Dutch sounding - it is of the smooth leaf variety and I know that when I purchased it, 15yrs ago, the description stated that it was self pollinating.

The problem I have is that the leaves have started to fall off, I have checked for leaf spot etc and cannot see any. The red berries seem ok and in abundance but, the plant is not looking very well with the amount of leaves that are falling off it.

Any suggestions as to what might be causing this?  


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,989

    It's probably Ilex Aquofolium JC Van Tol from the sounds of it.  Although hollies are evergreens, all evergreens lose  leaves throughout the year so it may be that the leaf loss is entirely to be expected.  However, there is a possibility that it may be due to frost damage earlier in the year, or due to some waterlogging of the soil following this very wet spell.

    My other thought would be Holly Leaf Blight, but you say there is no black spotting on the leaves - if it is Blight, there is information here

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • I read somewhere that the leaves on an evergreen such as holly are never more than five years old, as they do naturally shed some all the time. However as it is fifteen years old and looks worse than normal it must be stressed, either  frost, which may have affected a flush of soft new growth( the couple of severe winters we have had in recent years won't have helped it either) or too little or much water. I would mulch it with well rotted compost, and also give it a good soak if the ground is dry. Hopefully it will pick up.

  • lacey1613lacey1613 Posts: 1

    Hi I am new to this but the same thing is happening to our holly bushes they  look very well and plenty berries but  no matter how many times I've swept them up they keep shedding leaves this has only started this year we stay in west lothion we have discounted water logging, we get plenty rain but the plants are quite well protected I cannot say what kind they are only to say some have thorns others have not . Anybody else have any thoughts on this problem ? I would be greatful

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