Re: Dead or Dying Holly Bushes?

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Posted by Mike G on April 03, 2003 at 15:27:27:

In Reply to: Dead or Dying Holly Bushes? posted by julimonn on March 28, 2003 at 13:40:14:

Dear Gardener,

Ilex crenata is an evergreen shrub. It shouldn't get brown and crusty, right? You may want to cut off a mature branch to analyze a cross section of the plant. If this cross-section is brown and the center is dark brown, then the plant probably is a goner. If this is the case, you can leave them in the ground for another few weeks to see if any sign of life returns somehow in the plant, and if not, dig them out and dump them. Depending on the time in fall you transplanted, there is still a chance. Holly, like most plants, are best transplanted during the dormant winter season.

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