Ask a Question forum: Need help with dying Burford Hollies

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Nov 30, 2016 11:48 AM CST
First of all we are extremely happy to have found this great forum. We are new to gardening and trying to learn bit by bit. We have 4 rows of what we believe is Burford Hollies, each row has 3 plants. 3 rows are facing east whereas one is South.

Last summer we started notice that 3 plants (in different rows) were dying while few others have some stems that are almost dead but some branches were still producing new leaves and berries. 2-3 plants (very close to the dying ones) appear fine. We can also see some new branches coming right out of soil.

We tried to take care of these plants all year long. PH tests look fine (i.e. neutral) and soil humidity is also normal. Red circles show the branches or stems that are dead whereas yellow show the ones still producing leaves. I have also attached picture of the main stem of one of the dead plants.

Can you pleas help us identify what is wrong with these plants and what needs to be done? Thank you.

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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Nov 30, 2016 2:18 PM CST
It would be helpful to know whereabouts you are located and the zone you're in.
I'm curious about a few things.
Were all of the hollies purchased from the same place?

Are the sick ones all facing east or some east and some south?

Who planted them? Y'all or ???

If these are Burfords, are they the dwarf ones? Either way, it looks like they're planted way too close to each other. Even the dwarf forms can have a spread of 4 - 6'. (I know this because I'm looking at buying hollies right now.)

So I have no answers but someone else might. But if you could answer the questions that I asked, then it will be easier for someone to offer their expertise.

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