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Hi folks

having a ramble around the garden and spotted that my holly is not a holly anymore! There is more smooth leaves than spikey ones. It is not a bought one, it was here in the ditch when we bought the site. will I cut off all the branches with smooth leaves or will they go spikey.


  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Once the leaves are above the height of any leaf eating mammals such as deer they don't need to produce spikey leaves anymore

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 19,170

    Some varieties of holly have smooth edges anyway. Don't cut the branches for that, cut the bush to keep it the shape you want.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • holly trees only have prickles on the lower leaves to stop cattle eating it and soft leaves on top .

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