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Posted by mike g on August 11, 2003 at 14:01:29:

In Reply to: Pruning my Holly bush posted by Helen Veet on August 06, 2003 at 19:14:19:

This is Newt's post:

Any holly or boxwood too large for its location may be pruned until nothing but bare branches remains. New leaf buds, though hard to see, are numerous enough to give abundant fresh growth in summer. It will take several years for either of these plants to fully regain their beauty, but such heavy pruning is possible, if necessary. Another alternative for oversized Burford holly and boxwood is to prune them into a tree shape by removing their lower branches. The bare trunks often have interesting shapes and are much less bulky than the bush form.

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