The Q&A Archives: Probability of Survival

Question: My landscape professional just finished planting 36 Robin Red Holly's in my back yard. He told me that they were shade tolerant, as my back yard has 3 65-70 foot tall Pin Oaks that create a substantial amount of shade. The Holly's will get morning sun and late afternoon sun. Will they survive in these conditions? I ask because the information with the plants said

Answer: Well, I think they will survive and tolerate the light. You may find that they grow a bit less dense than they would be in more sun. They would do better in more sun, as indicated by the full sun on the label. But full sun can be direct sun all morning including the hour of noon, so it may not be as dark as you think. Also, there will be some dappled light throughout the day through the oak trees. If in a feew years they look thin, you may be able to thin the trees a bit to allow more light to reach them. If you opt to try this, please have a professionally trained and certified arborist do the work for you, for the sake of your trees. Good luck with your hollies!

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