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Mar 22, 2018 1:08 PM CST
Irving, texas
Dear members
Any advise how to prune this evergreen holly ? The top spiky branches look off but i want it to grow tall. Should i cut those spiky branches to make the canopy top even or only cut them in the middle so they would perhaps fill up ? Those trees have multiple leaders usually but shouldn't look like that

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Mar 22, 2018 5:51 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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I think if you prune, there will be two consequenches. First, you will cut off the branches that will make your tree taller. Second, once you prune a tree, you have interferred with the natural growth habit. And you have to continue to prune.

I suspect you have to give your tree time to fill out. People who cut the main leaders out of Holly are trying to keep them shorter, not make them taller.
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Mar 22, 2018 5:54 PM CST
Irving, texas
Ok i will leave it alone
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Mar 23, 2018 1:24 PM CST
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Tam7 said:Ok i will leave it alone
Thanks !

Well, don't decide too quickly. I have several holly trees and where I used to work had some and I asked the tree company about that.

What you want to look for is straight-up small branches from the main stems and prune those in late Winter (you might still get away with it now depending on your zone). Those just clutter up the tree and actually aren't good for its appearance. And removing them seems not to harm its health in any way.
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Mar 23, 2018 2:12 PM CST
Irving, texas
Thank you
I was hoping to give it main leader like my other trees and didnt know which ones to remove
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