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Holly - yellowing leaves with spots

About 12 months ago we planted 10 x 6ft Common English holly bushes to create an 'instant' hedge after someone drove their car through the previous one. All has been well, however we have recently started to notice that the leaves on most of the plants are turning yellow and have spots on them - pictures below. Does this also look like it's fungal? Can anyone suggest a treatment? 



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299

    How many leaves are affected. Have you a photo of the plant.

    Holly, as all evergreens, doesn't keep its leaves forever. Old ones turn yellow and drop off and new ones grow. A treatment would be feeding to encourage the new growth.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • steve192steve192 Posts: 4

    Hi Nutcutlet,

    Thanks for your reply. There a many leaves affected on the worst affected plants. A couple of pictures below...


  • steve192steve192 Posts: 4

    Hi Nutcutlet, did you ave any more thoughts after seeing the whole plants. I'm sure you are right about the need for feeding as we haven't fed them since originally planting a year ago, but it seems like a lot of the leaves are affected. Wondered if it could also be something else. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299

    Hi Steve, sorry I missed those yesterday. I agree, a lot of yellow ones. Large plants can be very difficult to establish compared to small ones. More possibility of wind rock, more leaves in proportion to roots.

    Are they totally root firm and kept moist? (but not drowned) See what others think but I think this is more a case of struggling to get established than of disease. The affected leaves look like those that fall off all hollies but more of them

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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