Holly with Yellow Leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Crystal Lake, Il
Question by kheyen
March 21, 2010
My home came with Holly planted as a Hedge. Have Yellow leaves.

Thinking this is a soil ph issue and or nutrient issue.

Suggestions ?

Answer from NGA
March 21, 2010


As with all broadleaf evergreens, it is normal and natural for the oldest (lowest and innermost) leaves to drop, especially at this time of year. New stems and foliage will develop and as long as your prune your holly hedges, new growth will be forced to grow on the inner parts of the branches, as well. If only the older growth is yellowing, it may be normal and natural. Hollies like soils on the acidic side and you can help them along by feeding with Miracid or another acidified fertilizer. Hope this provides you with an understanding of hollies and a way to combat the problem.

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