Holly Tree Pruning

 

American Holly Berries

American Holly Berries

Actually this entry is more about how our lovely  American Holly (Ilex opaca) got pruned and what to do about it.  Over 30 years ago we planted two female and one male American Hollies in our yard for year round interest and those special berries in the wintertime.  The male tree has been kind of a non-entity in comparison with the female trees but they have been wonderful landscape elements.  Every year Beth harvests cuttings for Christmas greens.  

 

American Holly (Ilex opaca)

American Holly (Ilex opaca)

 

Last year, as I’ve mention previously, we had a major shearing wind rip out many of our old trees and major branches.  Probably the biggest loss was a 30 year-old seedling apple tree that was uprooted and fell across the back fence.  

 

Joshua Apple Tree Leaning on Fence

Joshua Apple Tree Leaning on Fence

However, not only did we lose this major apple tree but it came down on top of one of the American Hollies.  By the time we were able to get the weight of the apple tree off the holly the tree had been sheared off leaving a 6 ft high stump.  Within a few weeks I noticed buds springing out of the trunk and by the end of the growing season there were branches of holly coming in to play.  

 

 

American Holly remnant

American Holly remnant

So the question for this year is will this ever begin to resemble the tree that it once was.  And if so how long shall I give it.  My partner here is already coveting the extra sun that is now coming down on the garden bed, but I always liked that holly just as it was…