John 16 asked in Home & GardenGarden & Landscape · 1 decade ago

If I severely prune my holly back will it re-grow?

My holly was in shade and I don't like the way it grew.

Its all spread out. I want it to grow up like a tower.

I cut down the offending trees and now its in full sun.

If I prune it back very severely will it grow back right or should I buy a new one and give this one away?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Hey John!

    I concur with the previous two answers, however, my thoughts are that you may have a holly that is a spreader rather than an upright grower. Give it a good whacking and see if the new growth grows upright or spreads again. The lack of sun should not have made your holly spread. If it is indeed an upright holly, then it would have grown upright, but just extremely slow. The only way you are trully going to know is to cut it way back and see what happens. It certainly won't hurt anything.

    Hope this helps! Good Luck!

    Source(s): Garden Center Owner
  • 1 decade ago

    I don't think it's possible to kill those things. I have cut one to the ground and burned another and they both came back.

  • 1 decade ago

    I did this also and it came back and is just a big again. They are VERY hearty shrubs!

  • K M
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    1 decade ago

    yes wait until it is dorm.though

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