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thuan L.
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« on: November 19, 2012, 01:25 PM »

While walking around a local nursery I spot a Common Holly or English Holly. It was growing into the ground through it's 5 gallon pot and had a decent nebari. The trunk was about 3-4 inches wide. I figured it was the holiday season and it would fit the theme perfectly! (At this point whatever reason I can justify adding another tree to the collection is a good reason lol!) I have no experience with this type of tree. I'm pretty sure I've seen this type of tree at a show once, a really large one. Anyone have experience or know how it responds to pruning, how it buds back, and anything else would be most helpful! Thanks!
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nathanbs
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2012, 01:52 PM »

i have a hedge of holly and it seems to respond very well to pruning and it definitely buds back but ive never had to severely prune it like you probably intend
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2012, 03:18 PM »

The holly at the university where I work are occasionally cut back to bare trunks ...at least in spots and a week or so later there are buds forming all over whatever is left. 

I'm not sure if it responds the same way in a pot, but I do remember them back budding pretty well to pruning (tho not THAT severe) when I had them.
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thuan L.
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2012, 01:55 PM »

Thanks guys I've heard in the ground these Hollies are very hardy and bud back like crazy! I'm just not too sure about in a pot. I took this tree to sensei Roy Nagatoshi over the weekend and this was the end result. I'll let you know if this tree will survive.
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Leo in NE Illinois
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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2012, 12:21 AM »

I like the primary frame work you have left there. It will become a nice holly.
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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2012, 04:07 PM »

  this was the end result. I'll let you know if this tree will survive.

At least you have some nice fresh decorations for Christmas  !
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« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2012, 03:31 AM »

Any one ever try a False Holly? I have a variegated one growing to close to a path and I thought maybe it will make into a Bonsai. I'll try to getting around and taking a picture tomorrow and post.
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thuan L.
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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2012, 12:53 AM »

Leo thanks!
bigDAVE after a hard prune there's not much Holly left for decorations... maybe firewood? j/k
Don I've never tried False Holly sorry!
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nathanbs
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« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2012, 12:16 PM »

You were supposed to use everything you chopped off for decorations. Smiley Happy Holidays Thuan. Keep me posted on Koyu Kai as I hope to resume going
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thuan L.
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« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2012, 01:06 PM »

Nathan 1-16-12 Wed night we have our annual potluck and free member raffle. Swing by its loads of fun!! Have a happy Holiday buddy!
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« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2012, 01:25 AM »

Nathan 1-16-12 Wed night we have our annual potluck and free member raffle. Swing by
Come in your time machine Delorean

 Grin
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« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2013, 04:53 PM »

Thuan
I have a dozen or so English holly. They bud back like crazy. The new foliage is softer than last years so I defoliate when new buds start to cook. When the new leaves harden just a bit is when I  play with them. Seems to work and you don't bleed to death.some Of my trunks are 3" in diameter so decided to chop them down to use as shohn. They budded back like crazy and after 3 years are ready to show. Very acid loving same as azaleas. Us Kanuma 100% if you can afford it. I am surprised you don't see more of them. I thought it was my little secret. Now the cats out of the bag. Good luck. I am very lucky as ther is one across the street and the birds poop in my yard and I get volunteers every year everywhere. Again just defoliate in early spring and it makes them way easier to work with.
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