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Bonsai Care For Holly - Japanese Deciduous (Ilex Serrata) (Tree Type (Outdoors))

Holly - Japanese Deciduous (Ilex  Serrata)

Holly - Japanese Deciduous (Ilex Serrata) - (Tree Type (Outdoors))

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DECIDUOUS TREE with thick, grey, fleshy BARK and small LEAVES, similar to apple or cherry leaves in SHAPE, which turn to orange/red in autumn. They may produce red, yellow or white berries if fertilized by a male tree.

STYLE : best suited to all styles, except possibly broom.

WARNING : Berries will only form on a female tree if there is a male tree present to fertilize it.

Care Info


REPOT : Every 2-3 years in spring, less frequently, as required, for older, larger trees.

SOIL : Free draining soil : 40:60 GRIT:organic. PRUNE : Autumn/early spring before new growth. Hard prune in sumMEr to regenerate growth on weak branches.

PINCH : Remove all new unwanted SHOOTS while still tender. Trim to SHAPE throughout summer.

WATER : Water well in growing season and keep moist in winter. Spray regularly in warm weather.

FEED : BALANCED FEED every 2 weeks in summer. Nitrogen free in autumn.

WARNING : Berries will only form on a female tree if there is a male tree present to fertilize it.

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