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Old 04-14-2017, 05:00 AM
 
Location: SWCT - close to coast
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Been meaning to do this since I get asked a lot...


I will keep updating this thread on the progress of these 2 plantings. They are kinda established so I will start from Day 1...


Here we go.......




Shipment arrives September 22, 2010. Inside the boxes are the Nellie Stevens Holly Trees





Lined up and ready to plant.





And they are in. September 23, 2010







Here's a December 2010 look without the rest of greenery.







Take note of the fence and shade around them. Key point in seeing the progress over the years..
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Old 04-14-2017, 05:03 AM
 
Location: SWCT - close to coast
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January 2011 I am loving the strength of them holding up to the snow and the deep green contrast. Awesome Trees. These are actually the Shrub Bushier version.


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Old 04-14-2017, 05:06 AM
 
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Focusing on the Hollies for now, then will do the Arbs after...

Happy with the growth rate so far giving the shady conditions. Made sure they got plenty of water but I never started putting Holly Tone feed down till 2014.

April 2012.





June 2012





September 2012. Loving the Berries its producing. Wildlife loving it too.





So you don't have to scroll up.. Comparison 2010 & 2012


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Old 04-14-2017, 05:12 AM
 
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December 2013. I LOVE the berries that turn red in November. I had Robins eating them in February when there was snow cover on the ground and they couldn't find food here near the coast.







As always, holding up the snow like a champ. The Arborviteas are pointless to have in ice and heavy snow, so weak..


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Old 04-14-2017, 05:14 AM
 
Location: SWCT - close to coast
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The deep Winter Cold turns leaves to copper and they do fall. Wasn't too happy about that. But you can see they are getting bigger.


April 2014.





Close up




Rest assure... they always come back with new growth..


May 2014







Comparison pic so you don't have to scroll back and forth. 2010, 2012, 2014


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Old 04-14-2017, 05:19 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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I have the same ones, cambium. They actually sat in their pots for the better part of two years before I got to planting them. Like yours mine are planted in a shady area. I really didn't expect much from them giving the torture I put upon them. I also thought the deer would make mincemeat out of them, and yet they just keep on ticking. Beautiful plants!

edit: You may want to look into 'Leaf Scorch' It's not uncommon to get a few brown leaves, but not as many as your pics show. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/orn...g-in-holly.htm

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Old 04-14-2017, 05:38 AM
 
Location: SWCT - close to coast
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Then............. February 2015 happened. An insane month for entire Northeast with historic cold and snow. It was incredible to experience. Long Island sound was freezing over! Feet of snow on ground for weeks.


March 2015





They became brittle and weak. Not from the snow...from the historic cold





May 2015. Yup.





I have one in another area... take a look at what the snowpack did. Not only it preserved the bottom half where the snow sat for weeks but the Rabbits were eating the tree from on top of the snow pack and the top half lost because of the intense cold.


So there's 3 layers. Preserved at bottom. Eaten in the center. Frozen on top. But notice the new growth in May!


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Old 04-14-2017, 05:51 AM
 
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Rest assure... they came back.. Amazing...but obviously we lost some time...


October 2015





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Old 04-14-2017, 05:52 AM
 
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Comparison... Nice comeback. Glad I was patient and didn't dig them all up. New growth proved they were still alive.


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Old 04-14-2017, 07:16 AM
 
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March 2016





March 2016





November 2016.





December 2016.





Couldn't find a better shot but notice a growth spurt UP on a couple of the trees. GREAT SIGN. Finally going to get some height out of them. Between clearing trees and Forsythias behind them and feeding them I think it helped
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