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Holly Tree

hywel

By hywel

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I’ve got a holly tree that I’d made into a standard,
but it had become lop sided,
although it doesn’t look much like that in the photo … but it was.

So I cut it right back …

Then it started to regrow :o)

And here it is now …

It’s still lop sided, although you wouldn’t say so from the photo … but it is …
and I don’t care any more :D

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Oh Hywel, how did you have the courage to do that? Thank goodness it was successful. I've loved that since the first time you showed it.

2 Aug, 2016

 

It's a shrub. They always recover from a good haircut. I do the same to my Bays sometimes, and I've done it to a Lonicera and Akebia too :)

2 Aug, 2016

 

I've often thought I'd like to do a standard Lonicera. I have two very very small Euonymus I'm hoping to do it with but they are only about six inches high at present...
My Bay got damaged years ago so its a bush now and it badly needs repotting.

2 Aug, 2016

 

Wel, it was harsh but worked as its really compact, now!

2 Aug, 2016

 

How brave Hywel - I have a holly tree and I am very attached to it - it is varigated and is loaded with berries for the autumn - Jane

3 Aug, 2016

amy
Amy
 

It frightened me when I saw what you had done Hywel ,but its turned out well it looks good !

3 Aug, 2016

 

Thank you all ...

You can usually cut shrubs back drastically and they'll regrow nicely.
It even does them good to have a hard prune sometimes.
You will loose the flowers and berries for one season, but they will flower and fruit much better in subsequent years, and also look tidier.

This may not be true for all shrubs, but it is for the ones I know :)

3 Aug, 2016

 

You inspired me Hywel to go out and tidy a holly tree that I was considering cutting down. It was a bit weedy. So I pruned it today ......not too hard at this time of year but a nice hair cut. :0) it is true......they are very hardy pushing up root suckers everywhere.

3 Aug, 2016

 

This is a great blog Hywel. I love the changes in your garden through the seasons. I have a holly which is growing bigger than I would want. I can't bring myself to cut back on the loaded branches full of berries but as soon as the birds strip the ripe fruit I will give mine a good haircut. The new leaves on yours are a glorious colour. Thank you for sharing this with us.

4 Aug, 2016

 

Ok, you get the crown for pruner of the year lol. When I was hacking away at my front garden and worried that was going bit mad at it you had reassured me that you did the same but I don't think I would be as brave. It look great for its hair cut.

4 Aug, 2016

 

That's growing back great Hywel.

4 Aug, 2016

 

Good Lord!! I wouldn't dare do it to such a lovely tree but, my word, it looks brilliant now.

8 Aug, 2016

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