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My Holly shrubs - is this normal?


 
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bluebelldell
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 5:51 pm    Post subject: My Holly shrubs - is this normal? Reply with quote

Hi folks, last September i planted 4 holly bushes, 2 male 2 female,Ilex Aquirfolium.
They seem fine but slow growing- today I noticed that the new growth on the bushes is a very dark brown almost red. the stem on another one seems to be developing the same colour also.
I've added photos - appreciate anyone taking a look and advising. thanks.
I've just had another look and it's on either the males only or the females only - confusing I know but it's not on all 4 - just two of the same type.



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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I came across this before and the holly recovered quite normally from the discoloured leaf condition which as far as i remember was due to very low temperatures in the Spring but this past Spring we did not have an unusually cold Spring but a very cold Winter. Keep us posted.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks very much Michael, I'm reluctant to do anything at the moment so will just keep an eye and see what happens.

p.s. continued to so a little research and found this "This upright growing holly has leaves that are bronze to burgundy as they emerge in spring and retain this coloration for a couple of weeks in early spring. The emerald green in summer foliage is similar of an oak leaf on this male selection." lex x 'Conaf'
Common Name: Oakleaf Holly....

perhaps this is what I have!

or this http://www.forestfarm.com/product.php?id=3190
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