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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: 23,149

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

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