The Q&A Archives: Bluegirl Holly With Skeletalized Leaves

Question: I have a Bluegirl Holly right next to a Blueboy Holly. The Bluegirl looks as though something is slowing eating away at her leaves but her berries are still bright red. The leaves do not look nearly as dark green and healthy as the Blueboy's. Is there anything I can do to help her even though we are in the middle of winter? If not, what should I do in the spring and when should it be done?

Answer: Based on your description I am not sure what is happening to the holly leaves, it might be new wind or spine injury or possibly the effect of insect damage earlier in the season. The yellowing however can be caused by wind and sun drying out the leaves. To help with that you can erect a windbreak and/or spray it with an antidessicant such as WiltPruf. Next season be sure the hollies are well-watered in the fall so that they go into winter amply hydrated. In the meantime you might also want to take a sample to the county extension (536-5123) for a more precise identification of the problem.

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