pruning - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jjasina
September 18, 2010
When is the proper time of year to prune needle point holly?

Answer from NGA
September 18, 2010
Holly is traditionally pruned in the springtime, just as new growth begins. This timing assures that whatever berries it produced the summer before will be available for holiday decorations and for the local birds. However, it won't hurt your shrubs if you prune them in late November or early December. The only concern with pruning in September is that there's still enough warm weather left to encourage new growth (pruning encourages new growth), which may not have time to harden off before cold weather sets in. If it doesn't harden off, frost and kill it back and you'll end up pruning again in the spring. So, my advice is to wait until late November at the earliest and April at the latest to do your pruning.

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