The Q&A Archives: Holly Trees

Question: We have 4 holly trees, 1 male and 3 females. Over the past month the berries on the females have beem falling off. We have put down holly food and mulched the trees. This is the first time this has happened. They are approximately 10 years old.

Answer: Hollies drop berries because they have too many, because they are short of water, or because they are otherwise stressed. The stress could be weather related or just a cycle the trees are going through. As long as they are otherwise healthy and putting out new growth, I wouldn't worry too much about the premature berry drop. They will probably make up for it next year.

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