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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:21 am    Post subject: Any ideas? Reply with quote

This shrub is in my parents garden and has suffered some damage recently. My father thinks it is lightning damage but I doubt it.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ilex aquifolium silver queen, it could be Salt damage if your near the sea, Have closer look branch could be broken, Spray drift, Silver queen is Male maybe its sad looking for a female Laughing Blight ??
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dunno what it is but I'd just cut out the whole branch and then see.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

15 plus miles from the sea. I doubt very much if it is spray drift.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking more like herbicide.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not Donegal Dry Rot? We've had a North Westerly wind.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it just the one branch?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Donegal dry rot". There are a few things that I can think of that are rotten in Donegal alright! Are you a week late with the April fools Blowin?

Just the one branch Sue.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's local then it is surely not anything airborne like herbicides or salt. If it was, a whole side of the tree would be affected. Unless you've annoyed the neighbours and you came outside before they had a chance to spray any more... Seriously though, my best guess is physical damage which has interrupted the flow of sap. Other than that, a leaf blight or a virus transmitted by insects. I've never seen anything like this on Holly. I'd cut the branch off, burn it, then sterilise my pruning saw blade with meths set alight.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's my thinking too. Hopefully you can cut it out before it goes any further.

Check around the base for any 'bootlaces', unlikely to be Honey Fungus Shocked as the holly is a dense wood and not susceptible, but you never know.

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