Variegated English Holly coloration - Knowledgebase Question

Vienna, Va
Question by rcsullivan
May 6, 2006
My Variegated English Holly has developed a pink or rose coloring on the edges of many of the leaves.It was planted about 3 years ago. It is planted on the side of our house and is fairly well sheltered from cold winter winds. Is this normal coloration or do I have a problem and is there a remedy? Thank you.

Answer from NGA
May 6, 2006


Hollies tend to develop a reddish tint on their leaves during the winter months, typically as a result of cold weather. The red should fade. The important thing is whether or not your holly is putting out new growth. If so, all is well and the tint is simply a result of winter weather. If the tint develops further, your soil pH could be off (hollies appreciate a slightly acid soil) and the reddish tint can indicate minerals are lacking - perhaps bound up and unavailable to the roots because of the soil pH.

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