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Old 07-14-2018, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I just had one of these Holly’s planted in our yard and I’m hoping I can control the size to 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide, plus or minus.

Is this possible?
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:03 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I just had one of these Holly’s planted in our yard and I’m hoping I can control the size to 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide, plus or minus.

Is this possible?
Sure you can. Give it a pruning in early spring. When it gets to the height you want, snip off the leader. I wonder why you didn’t just choose a different holly though?
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:03 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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When it reaches the height you desire, start pruning the top growth, which will keep it in check. Not sure the width will be much of a problem, as their normal growth habit is 6-8 feet. Good luck with it.
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:30 AM
 
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Sure you can. Give it a pruning in early spring. When it gets to the height you want, snip off the leader. I wonder why you didnít just choose a different holly though?
Long story, hereís the recap. Original intent was to screen a parking lot behind our house but not block Mountain Viewís.

The nursery sold and planted 3 fat Albert Spruces and 3 Oakland Hollyís. Bagworms attacked and devastated the center Fat Albert do the wife wanted it immediately replaced. No Fat Alberts around or Oakland Hollyís but did find a 6 foot tall Nellie Stevens so we had that planted between the two fat alberts.

Lesson learned, how to spot Bagworms and what to spray when to avoid them from causing more damage.
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:32 AM
 
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When it reaches the height you desire, start pruning the top growth, which will keep it in check. Not sure the width will be much of a problem, as their normal growth habit is 6-8 feet. Good luck with it.
6 to 8 feet would be a perfect width do I just need to try and keep the Holly the same height as the adjacent Fat Albert Spruces.
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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[quote=gentlearts;52489349]Sure you can. Give it a pruning in early spring. When it gets to the height you want, snip off the leader. I wonder why you didnít just choose a different holly though?[/QUOTE

Here are a few photos. The center Oakland Holly had a bad section of branches so Iím hoping that obvious hole fills in over time.
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Anything can be constantly trimmed to a given height if you’re willing to do it all the time. I have 3 of them, 2 out back which I leave to themselves to help screen a street at the bottom of the hill and one out front as an ornamental. It is probably 25 feet tall now, which doesn’t bother me but the lower branches are crowding our walkway and they need trimming every year.

I’m tired of that and will be trimming off the lower branches to a height that will no longer obstruct our walkway. It will look more like a small tree then of course but that’s OK too.
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Old 07-14-2018, 11:15 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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They look nice. I like the variety of shades and textures.
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Old 07-14-2018, 12:20 PM
 
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OP - it seems that you planted the wrong plant at the wrong place, unless you like 'constant trimming' (as Les notes) or the mix of plants. Eventually (like more than a decade), the plants may even out somewhat, but by then they'll all be very cramped (and therefore more susceptible to diseases), plus your poor shed will be overrun.

"Size: 20 to 30 feet high and 10 to 12 feet wide"

Nellie Stevens Holly

Fat Albert Spruce - "Grows 10 to 15 ft. tall and wide in 10 years; 40 ft. tall, 20 ft. wide in time."

https://www.monrovia.com/plant-catal...o-blue-spruce/
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Old 07-14-2018, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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OP - it seems that you planted the wrong plant at the wrong place, unless you like 'constant trimming' (as Les notes) or the mix of plants. Eventually (like more than a decade), the plants may even out somewhat, but by then they'll all be very cramped (and therefore more susceptible to diseases), plus your poor shed will be overrun.

"Size: 20 to 30 feet high and 10 to 12 feet wide"

Nellie Stevens Holly

Fat Albert Spruce - "Grows 10 to 15 ft. tall and wide in 10 years; 40 ft. tall, 20 ft. wide in time."

https://www.monrovia.com/plant-catal...o-blue-spruce/
Eventually they will be overgrown in that area,however we need a screen sooner than later. I can trim the Spruces to slow down their growth if needed. They do not like to be sheared or cut way back but they will tolerate a constant mild pruning every spring.

The furthers branch on the Fat Albert closest to the shed is about 3 feet away.

It was the largest nursery in the area that recommended these plants and they did the planting.
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