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Atlanta, GA
Wilsonda
Feb 23, 2018 10:30 AM CST
We had a few 3-ft high Nellie Stevens Holly plants professionally planted on our property last September. They were all doing well for a while. But within the last 6 weeks or so,most of the leaves the leaves on one of the plants have turned gray (please see the attached picture), but have stayed on the plant, and not fallen off. None of the affected leaves have spots or any other discoloration on them. The branches are still bendy; they don't feel like they'll snap off if you bend them. The other hollies we planted within six feet of this one are doing fine. All of them are in well-drained spots and have been watered well.

Upon searching the web, the closest thing I could find as to what's wrong with it was iron chlorosis. But my husband pointed out that the leaves on our holly are spotless gray, and not brown or spotty, as in the web pics showing chlorosis.

Does anyone have a suggestion as to what's wrong with this plant, and how to save it from dying?

Thank you in advance,
Deborah

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Feb 24, 2018 1:29 PM CST
Hi Deborah and welcome to NGA!!

Hard to say what is going on there. Since it's not been 6 months since it was planted, here is what I would do. First call the people who planted it for you and ask them if they know what the problem is. If they didn't supply the plant, call the company where you got the plant from and tell them what is going on .. they might even send you new ones.

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Atlanta, GA
Wilsonda
Feb 26, 2018 1:38 PM CST
Hi Anne,

Thank you very much. Great suggestion! We contacted the vendor and showed them the pictures. It turns out that this is just frost bite that sometimes affects smaller, newly planted hollies. The lady we talked with asked if perchance one of the roots of this plant was exposed, and sure enough, it was. Apparently, the leaves and branches of this holly can handle cold far better than its roots, so the key is to plant it deep enough to cover even the occasional gnarly, high-set roots. The lady also said there's nothing we need to do now (since the weather is warming up, and the plant will be too established to care when the next winter rolls around), and the plant will recover by itself.

Thank you once again for the terrific suggestion,
Deborah
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds Cat Lover Greenhouse Tropicals Bulbs
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Xeramtheum
Feb 26, 2018 1:50 PM CST
You're welcome!
"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

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