The Q&A Archives: Braxten Hicks Hollies

Question: I have had them for4 years every summer most of the leaves fall off .We have had plenty of rain this year. Joyce Pair from Arley Alabama.

Answer: I'm not familiar with a holly named Braxten or Hicks, but there is a plant called Hicks Yew (Taxus x media 'Hicksii') which is a columnar evergreen with dark green foliage. They have a reddish to brown colored bark, with deep green, soft leaves. The leaves or needles, are dark, somewhat glossy on the top and normally a lighter green underneath. Unlike most other needle-type evergreens, yews have soft pliable leaves that are flat. Another valuable trait of the yew is its ability to recover from an awful pruning. Unlike other conifers, yews grow back quickly and recover from deep pruning cuts. It is unusual for the foliage of a holly or a yew to drop during the summer months so your plant is either planted in the wrong spot and is stressed from too much sunshine, or the soil is remaining too wet, which can also be stressful to a plant. Wish I had more suggestions to offer!

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