The Q&A Archives: Brown Leaves On Holly

Question: Leaves on my holly turn brown . Many leaves are yellow and the shrub is not as dark green that the Holly used to look like. I do not know if this is a disease or a bug. please let me know what to do.

Answer: Unfortunately, based on your description, I am unable to identify the problem with your holly. Hollies need an acid soil that is evenly moist yet well drained, meaning not soggy. They should also be protected from winter wind and ideally, from heat reflected from pavement or buildings. If any of these conditions are not met, they may yellow and possibly brown. There are also some insect and disease problems which could cause the same symptoms. You mgiht want to take a sample to your county extension (431-7260) for a more specific diagnosis and suggested remedies. I'm sorry I can't be more specific.

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